Anchoviella indica [Status Unaccepted]   (van Hasselt,  1823) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 22-43 mm

Color: Back dusky, sides whitish with a silvery lateral stripe. A large dark spot behind occiput. A row of dusky spots above base of anal. Fins hyaline; basal part of caudal dusky.

Head 3.7-4.1 in standard length, 4.6-5.0 in total length. Depth of body 5.0-5.5 in standard length, 6.3-6.7 in total length. Eye diameter 3.4-3.7 in head and 0.7-0.8 in bluntly rounded snout. Snout projecting considerably beyond the jaws. Maxillary reaching to margin of preoperculum. Four or five abdominal scutes between pectoral fins and ventral fins. Dorsal fin origin somewhat nearer to hind border of eye than to base of caudal fin. Anal fin origin below 7th or 8th ray of dorsal, its base 5.2-5.6 in standard length. Pectoral fin equal to postorbital length of head. Origin of ventral fin midway between base of pectoral fin and base of anal fin.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 16; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 19-21; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 15-16; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: 7; number of scale rows along the midside of body from the upper corner of operculum to the midbase of caudal fin in the absence of lateral line: 38-40; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 8-9.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Engraulis indicus van Hasselt, 1823
Anchoviella indica Munro, 1955
Stolephorus indicus Weber and de Beaufort, 1913

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1948-1950)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • Abbaasi, SA (1997) Wetlands of India-Ecology and Threats Discovery Publishing House,New Delhi II 1-182 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • 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 -

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