Australian Anchovy, Engraulis australis (White 1790)


Other Names: Anchovy, Blue Bait, Frogmouth, Frogmouth Pilchard, Smig, Southern Anchovy, Whitebait

The Australian Anchovy, Engraulis australis. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

Summary:

Small slender slightly compressed fishes with a bluntly rounded snout protruding well beyond the mouth. The Australian Anchovy is greenish above, silvery white below, with broad silver stripe along the midside.


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Dianne J. Bray, Engraulis australis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/2071

Australian Anchovy, Engraulis australis (White 1790)

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Distribution

Widespread in temperate waters from central Queensland, southwards to about Shark Bay, Western Australia, including around Tasmania. 

Australian Anchovies are pelagic schooling fishes found in depths from 0-200 metres. The species mostly occurs in bays, inlets and estuaries, also adults are also found in offshore waters.

Feeding

Feeds on zooplankton in the water column.

Fisheries

Australian Anchovies are of minor commercial importance and are used as bait.

Author

Dianne J. Bray

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37086001

Depth:0-200 m

Fishing:Commercially important

Habitat:Pelagic

Max Size:16 cm TL

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