Setipinna tenuifilis   (Valenciennes,  1848) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Max length 22.0 cm SL (male/unsexed)

Color: Back greenish black, flanks silvery dashed with gold. Dorsal and caudal fin margins dusky.

Body fusiform, strongly compressed; abdomen sharply keeled with 17 to 21 pre-pelvic and 6 or 7 post-pelvic scutes. Maxilla short, its tip truncate, not reaching the gill opening. Gillrakers on lower arm of first arch 13 or 14; serrae on gillrakers not forming distinct clumps. Dorsal fin origin nearer to snout tip than to caudal fin base. Anal fin with 49 to 59 branched rays. Pectoral fin with 11 to 13 branched rays, the first ray filamentous.

Synonym (s)
Setipinna godavari Babu Rao, 1961
Engraulis tenuifilis Valenciennes, 1848
(Senior synonym)
Setipinna gilberti Jordan & Starks, 1905
(Junior synonym)
Setipinna godavari Babu Rao, 1962
(Junior synonym)
Setipinna papuensis Munro, 1964
(Junior synonym)
Setipinna taty (non Valenciennes, 1848)
(Misapplied name)
Setipinna tenuifilis tenuifilis (Valenciennes, 1848)
(Senior synonym)
Setipinna godavariensis Babu Rao, 1962

Common Name (s)
• Common Hairfin Anchovy (English)
• Godavari Anchovy (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Pelagic, Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Prawn, copepods, crustacean larvae, mollusks and fishes


• West Bengal INDIA
• West Bengal, Hugli Estuary INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Godavari Estuary INDIA
• Bay of Bengal
• Orissa, Dhamra Estuary INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Dutta, SK (2007) Biodiversity assessment of Dhamra port site and surrounding areas, Orissa Greenpeace India 4-38 Available at -
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Das, P; De, SP; Bhowmik, RM; Pandit, IK; Sengupta, R; Nandi, AC; Thakurta, SC and Saha, S (2007) Piscine diversity of West Bengal Fishing chimes 27(5) 15-28 Available at - NIO, Goa

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