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Bay Anchovy

Anchoa mitchilli

Appearance

bay anchovy
  • Snout very short, only slightly overhanging mouth
  • Anal fin begins below beginning of dorsal fin
  • Body relatively deep when compared to striped anchovy
  • Silver stripe on body, often faint or absent toward front
  • Stripe fades after death

Similar Species: Striped anchovy, A. hepsetus (anal fin begins below middle of dorsal fin) 

Size: Up to 4 inches

 

Habitat

Shallow bays and estuaries. Common in brackish waters.

Behavior

Form dense schools and tolerate a wide range of salinities.

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations