Anchoviella cayennensis (Puyo, 1946)
Cayenne anchovy
photo by FAO

Family:  Engraulidae (Anchovies), subfamily: Engraulinae
Max. size:  13.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; brackish; marine
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Venezuela to Brazil.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 12-17. Body slightly compressed. Snout moderate, about 1/2 eye diameter; maxilla short, tip evenly rounded, failing to reach pre-operculum by 1/2 pupil diameter; pseudobranch short, about 3.4 eye diameter; gill cover canals of panamensis-type. Anal fin origin slightly behind base of last dorsal fin ray. Bright silver stripe along flank, about 3/4 eye diameter, dark bordered above.
Biology:  Occurs along the coastal zones and estuaries. Can tolerate a range of salinities, but there is no data on penetration into freshwater or fully marine habitats. More data needed (Ref. 12225).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 10 September 2014 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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