Stolephorus advenus Wongratana, 1987
False Indian anchovy
photo by FAO

Family:  Engraulidae (Anchovies), subfamily: Engraulinae
Max. size:  7.2 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; marine; depth range 0 - 50 m
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: known from a single specimen from Saulte Point, Coburg Peninsula, Northern Territory, Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 16-16. With 7 small needle-like pre-pelvic scutes. Maxilla tip pointed, reaching only just to front border of pre-operculum; hind border of pre-operculum convex, rounded. Isthmus muscle tapering evenly forward to hind border of branchial membrane. Pelvic fin tips presumably not reaching to below dorsal fin origin. No dark pigment lines on back between head and dorsal fin.
Biology:  Presumably coastal, pelagic and schooling, but more material and data needed. Egg presumed to be oval with a knob (as in S. indicus).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 28 February 2017 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 15.07.13
Checked by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 11.07.94

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