Stolephorus waitei   Jordan & Seale,  1926 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 10 cm SL; common to 8 cm

Color: Pale cream when scales lost; bright silvery stripe along flanks; black dots below eye and on tip of lower jaw. No dark lines along back but a dark patch just behind occiput. Fins colorless, hind margin of caudal fin dusky.

Body fusiform, moderately compressed. Belly rounded, with 4 to 7 small needle-like scutes between pectoral and pelvic fins. Head short, snout rather rounded. Maxilla tip pointed, reaching to hind border of pre-operculum, the latter almost always convex, rounded; muscular potion of isthmus extending to hind border of branchiostegal membrane. Posterior frontal fontanelles narrow, with outer borders straight. Gillrakers on lower arm of first arch 19 to 25. Dorsal fin with iii 12 to 14 rays; no pre-dorsal spine. Anal fin with iii 17 to 20 rays, its origin below dorsal fin base. Pelvic fin tips only rarely reaching to below dorsal fin origin. Dorsal spines (total): 0-0, Anal spines: 0, Anal soft rays: 18-20.

Synonym (s)
Stolephorus insularis (non Hardenberg, 1933)
Stolephorus insularis bataviensis Hardenberg : Whitehead, 1973
Stolephorus isularis Hardenberg, 1933
Anchoviella bataviensis (Hardenberg, 1933)
(Junior synonym)
Anchoviella waitei (Jordan & Seale, 1926)
(Senior synonym)
Stolephorus bataviensis Hardenberg, 1933
(Junior synonym)
Stolephorus insularis (non Hardenberg, 1933)
(Misapplied name)
Stolephorus insularis bataviensis Hardenberg, 1933
(Junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Spotty Face Anchovy (English)
• Batavian Anchovy (English)
• Baelama Anchovy (English)
• Phansti (Gujarati)
• White Bait (English)
• Katali (Marathi)
• Waite’s anchovy
• Nethili
• Spotfaced Anchovy
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed fresh or dried salted)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Estuarine, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 17.5) (Long: 89.66) INDIA (Record: 02/1985-06/1987) (Depth: 40 mts)
• Karnataka INDIA
• Kerala, Kochi INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.55) INDIA (Record: 04/1989-03/1990) (Depth: 50 mts)

Literature Source(s)
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