Stolephorus andhraensis   Babu Rao,  1966 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max. size: 5.0 cm SL

Color: Body milky white, with bright silvery stripe along flanks.

Body fusiform, somewhat compressed, its depth less than upper jaw length. Belly rounded with 6 or 7 small needle-like scutes between pectoral and pelvic fins, but no spine on pelvic scute. Snout short and pointed. Maxilla tip pointed, reaching to or beyond hind border of pre-operculum, the latter concave, indented near maxilla tip; muscular portion of isthmus extending beyond hind margin of gill membrane. Gillrakers on lower arm of first arch 20 or 21. Dorsal fin with iii 12 to 14 rays, no pre-dorsal spine. Anal fin short with iii 16 to 20 rays, its origin below about middle of dorsal fin base. Dorsal spines (total): 0-0, Anal spines: 0, Anal soft rays: 17-18.

Eggs are oval, without a knob.

Synonym (s)
Stolephorus andhraensis Babu Rao, 1965
Stolephorus andhraensis Talwar and Kacker, 1984
Stolephorus andhraensis Whitehead, 1973

Common Name (s)
• Andhra Anchovy (English)
• Spined Anchovy (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic


• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• East Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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