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Argentine anchovy

Order Clupeiformes
Family Engraulidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Elongated and fusiform body, covered with cycloid (smooth) scales, large and delicate structure that detach with great facility. Big head, eyes covered by a thin film. Pointed and prominent snout. Wide mouth, ends behind the eye whose edges with sharp and tiny teeth. A single dorsal fin located approximately in the middle of the body. Short pectoral fins, ventral fins in abdominal position, anal fin of base greater than dorsal fin and similar form, caudal fin forked. Color: dark blue dorsally; blue violaceus laterally, with iridescent sheen; rest of the body white or silver. All fins transparent. Maximum published weight: 25 g. Standard maximum length: 17 cm.

FAO code
Engraulis anchoita
Blue fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Fishing seasons
jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Argentinische Sardelle
France Anchois d’Argentine
Italy Acciuga d’Argentina
Portugal Biqueirão argentino
United Kingdom Argentine anchovy
Japan Katacuchiiwashi-rui
Fishing areas
Fishing arts
Purse seines

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