Latin name

Anchoa hepsetus

Other names

Broad-striped anchovy; French: anchois rayé; Spanish: anchoa legìtima.


The striped anchovy has a ribbon-like stripe along each side and some yellow near the head. Anchovy species are difficult to distinguish, the striped anchovy differs in its fin rays and pigmentation: it has 14-17 dorsal fin rays, 15-18 pectoral fin rays and 20-24 anal fin rays, as well as melanophores framing all its dorsal scales.


Striped anchovies are found in the western Atlantic, occurring from Massachusetts to Fort Pierce Florida, in the northern Gulf of Mexico, rarely in southern Florida and not in the Florida Keys.


Striped anchovies form dense schools and prefer coastal shallow waters, including bays and coves, and can tolerate a wide range of salinity.


The average length of a Striped Anchovy does not exceed 4 inches, can reach 6 inches.

Life history and Behavior

The striped anchovy spawns from April through July in harbors, estuaries, and bays. Eggs of both species are round and float near the surface, hatching a few days after release. Juveniles mature in 3-4 years.

Food and feeding habits

They feed on plankton.


It makes anadromous migrations to rivers (up to 100 km upstream). It spawns in the Orinoco delta in May. Males mature at 4.8 cm in length, females at 7.7 cm.

Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Family Engraulidae
Genus Anchoa
Species A. hepsetus
Conservation status Least Concern
Habitat Pelagic
Life span, years No information
Maximum body weight, kg 0.019
Maximum length, cm 15
Sailing speed, m/s No information
Threat to people Edible
Way of eating Predator

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Striped Anchovy

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