Andhra Anchovy, Stolephorus andhraensis Babu Rao 1966

Other Names: Spined Anchovy

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A translucent whitish anchovy with a bright silvery midlateral stripe, and 6-7 needle-like scutes along the belly between the pelvic and pectoral fin bases (scutes lack a spine).

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Andhra Anchovy, Stolephorus andhraensis Babu Rao 1966

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Shoal Bay, Northern Territory, to the Fitzroy River, Queensland. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific. Forms schools in coastal waters.


Dorsal fin iii, 12-14; Anal fin iii, 16-20; Gill rakers (lower arm first arch 20-21.
Body fusiform, somewhat compressed, depth less than length of upper jaw; snout short, pointed; tip of maxilla pointed, reaching to or beyond hind border of pre-operculum, the latter concave, indented near maxilla tip; muscular portion of isthmus extending beyond hind margin of gill membrane. Belly rounded with 6 or 7 small needle-like scutes between pectoral and pelvic fins, scute without spines. No pre-dorsal spine; anal fin short, originating below about middle of dorsal fin base.

Species Citation

Stolephorus andhraensis Babu Rao 1966, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 13 9: 103, pl. 3. Type locality: Waltair, Kakinada, India.


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Andhra Anchovy, Stolephorus andhraensis Babu Rao 1966


Babu Rao, M. 1966. A new species of Stolephorus Lacépède from the east coast of India (Pisces : Engraulidae). Annals and Magazine of Natural History 13 9: 101-110 pls 3-4

Talwar, P.K. & Kacker, R.K. 1984. Commercial sea fishes of India. Zoological Survey of India, Calcutta. 997 pp.

Whitehead, P.J.P. 1972. A synopsis of the clupeoid fishes of India Journal of the marine biological association of India The Marine Biological Association of India 14(1): 160-256.

Whitehead, P.J.P., Nelson, G.J. & Wongratana, T. 1988. FAO Species Catalogue. Clupeoid fishes of the world (Suborder Clupeoidei). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of the herrings, sardines, pilchards, sprats, anchovies and wolf-herrings. Engraulididae. FAO Fisheries Synopsis. No. 125 Vol. 7 Pt 2. 305-579 pp.

Wongratana, T., Munroe, T.A. & Nizinski, M.S. 1999. Family Engraulidae. pp. 1698-1753 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068.

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CAAB Code:37086011

Depth:0-50 m

Habitat:Coastal, pelagic

Max Size:6 cm TL

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