IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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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.   


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