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| Common names: sabertooth-anchovy (English), toothed-anchovy (English), anchoveta (Espanol) |
Lycengraulis poeyi (Kner, 1863)
Pacific sabretooth-anchovy, Pacific toothed-anchovy
Elongate, compressed; snout pointed; top jaw relatively short, extending to edge of preoperculum; both jaws with large, well spaced teeth, those on lower jaw larger; gill rakers few and rudimentary; gill membrane not broadly joined across throat under gill covers; pectorals not reaching pelvic base; dorsal fin 13-16, origin a little behind midbody; anal fin base long (21-30 rays), origin under rear 1/3 of dorsal, pectorals long, reaching base of pelvics.
Blue on back, silvery white below; several small black dots on upper gill cover; a silver midlateral stripe present on smaller fish; tail fin yellow, with black margin.
Size: to 23 cm.
Forms large schools over muddy inshore areas, also found in brackish estuaries and river mouths.
Depth: 0-10 m?
El Salvador to northern Peru.