Anchoviella commersonii [Status Unaccepted]   (Lacepede,  1803) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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More or less compressed laterally. Maxillaries reach gill openings. Origin of anal before end of dorsal. Abdominal spiny scutes usually 4. Gill rakers 22-25. Vertebras
39-40. Mature ovarian eggs oval-shaped, with a knob. A characteristic
broad paired pigment line on back from head to dorsal.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Motiyali
• Anchovy
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal
Prey:  larval bivalves, copepods, amphipods, prawns, crab megalopa, cirripede larvae and Evadne, polychaetes


• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1948-1950)
• Kerala, Off Calicut INDIA (Record: 1948-1953) (Depth: 3.65-14.63 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Jones, S and Sujansingani, KH (1954) Fish and fisheries of the Chilka Lake with statistics of fish catches for the years 1948-1950 Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Journal of Fisheries for the Indian Council of Agricultural Research 1 (1-2) 256-344 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (1977) Annex II. - Illustrations of fish according to habitat Available at -
  • Venkataraman, G (1960) Studies on the food and feeding relationships of the inshore fishes off Calicut on the Malabar coast Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Council of Agricultural Research 7 (2) 275-306 Available at -
  • George, KC; (1958) On the occurrence of Anchoviella baganensis (hardenberg) and Anchoviella bataviensis (hardenberg) along the south-east and south-west coasts of india Indian Journal of Fisheries The Editorial Committee, India Journal of Fisheries for the Minister of Food and Agriculture Government of India 5(2) 348-356 Available at -
  • Ansari, ZA (2004) Fish and fisheries of Goa coast 110-119 Available at - NIO, Goa

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