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Anchoa pectoralis  Hildebrand, 1943

Bigfin anchovy
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Clupeiformes (Herrings) > Engraulidae (Anchovies) > Engraulinae
Etymology: Anchoa: Italian ancioa = anchovy (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Hildebrand.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; brackish; pelagic-neritic; depth range 1 - 22 m (Ref. 189).   Tropical, preferred ?; 1°N - 27°S, 51°W - 32°W (Ref. 189)

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Southwest Atlantic: mouth of Para River southward to Cananéia, Brazil.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 189)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 22 - 25. Snout short, about 1/2 eye diameter; maxilla shorter than in most other Anchoa species, tip pointed, not reaching beyond hind margin of pre-operculum; gill cover canals of walkeri-type. Pectoral fins large, reaching about pelvic fin origin; anal fin fairly long, its origin below or just before midpoint of dorsal fin base. A silver stripe along flank, less than eye diameter.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Presumably schooling along beaches and down to 22 m. A single specimen was recorded from Coqueiros at the mouth of the Paraguaçu River, thus able to tolerate lowered salinities. More data needed.

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Spawn in school (Ref. 205).

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Whitehead, P.J.P., G.J. Nelson and T. Wongratana, 1988. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 7. Clupeoid fishes of the world (Suborder Clupeoidei). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of the herrings, sardines, pilchards, sprats, shads, anchovies and wolf-herrings. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(7/2):305-579. Rome: FAO. (Ref. 189)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: of no interest
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00501 (0.00222 - 0.01129), b=3.15 (2.98 - 3.32), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .