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Species: Anchoa nasus, Bignose anchovy, Longnose anchovy

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snout > 3/4 eye, pointed
stripe ~ eye
top jaw almost to edge gill cover, pointed
lower gill rakers 21-28
pectoral short
A: 20-25, origin ~ under last D ray

Anchoa nasus (Kner & Steindachner, 1867)

Longnose anchovy, Bignose anchovy

Body fairly round, elongate; snout pointed, long, > ¾ eye diameter; top jaw long, reaching almost to gill opening, tip pointed; membrane between gill covers not expanded at rear; third gill arch with a few short rakers on its rear face; 21-28 lower gill rakers; no large canine teeth; dorsal fin origin in mid-body; anal fin base medium length, iii,20-25 rays, origin under or behind base of last dorsal fin ray; pectoral short, not reaching pelvics.

Silver stripe along flank broad, ~ eye diameter wide, faint or absent in large fish.

Size: 17 cm.

Habitat: marine, coastal pelagic, enters bays, tolerates lower salinities.

Depth: 0-10 m?

The Gulf of California to Chile.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Surface
  • Near Surface
  • Water column only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Estuary
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • Phytoplankton
  • Pelagic fish larvae
  • No Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Pelagic fish eggs
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 17
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10