Stolephorus bagenensis   Hardenberg  1933 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: FAO

Size: 10.0 cm NG (male)

Color: Pale cream when scales lost; bright silvery stripe on flanks; a double line of small pigment spots on back behind dorsal fin.

Body fusiform, somewhat compressed. Belly rounded, with 6 or 7 (rarely 8) small needle-like pre-pelvic scutes; a small pre-dorsal spine and another spine on the pelvic scute. Snout projecting, bluntly pointed. Maxilla pointed, reaching to or beyond hind border of pre-operculum, the latter concave, indented near maxilla tip; muscular portion of isthmus reaching to hind border of gill opening. Few small teeth on upper edge of hyoid bones in some specimens. Gillrakers on lower arm of first arch 18 to 24. Dorsal fin with iii 11 to 13 rays and a small pre-dorsal spine. Anal fin with iii 17 to 20 rays, its origin below dorsal fin base. Dorsal spines (total): 0; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 18-19.

Dioecious, external fertilization, nonguarders, open water/substratum egg scatterers.

Synonym (s)
Anchoviella tri Misra 1976
Stolephorus bagenensis Hardenberg 1931
Stolephorus macrops Whitehead 1973
Anchoviella baganensis (Hardenberg) 1933
(Senior synonym)
Stolephorus baganensis Hardenberg 1933
(Senior synonym)
Stolephorus baganensis bengalensis (Dutt & Babu Rao) 1959
(Junior synonym)
Stolephorus baganensis macrops Hardenberg 1933
(Junior synonym)
Stolephorus macrops Hardenberg 1933
(Junior synonym)
Stolephorus tri (non Bleeker) 1852
(Misapplied name)

Common Name (s)
• Spined Anchovy (English)
• Anchovy (English)
• Buccaneer anchovy (English)
• Dindus (Marathi)
• Nethili (Tamil)
• Nethali (Tamil)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
( Marketed fresh or dried)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Estuarine


• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1995)

Literature Source(s)
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rama Rao, KV (1995) Pisces Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilika lake ZSI, Calcutta 483-506 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 -

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