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Dusky anchovy ( Anchoa lyolepis ).jpg
Anchoa lyolepis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Clupeiformes
Family: Engraulidae
Genus: Anchoa
D. S. Jordan & Evermann, 1927
Type species
Engraulis compressus
Girard, 1858

Anchoa is a genus of anchovies. It currently consists of 35 species.


There are currently 35 recognized species in this genus:[1]


Anchoa are small, silvery fish that range anywhere from 5.8 cm - 24 cm. The smallest of these species is the Anchoa belizensis and the largest is Anchoa spinifer. These fish are distributed throughout the Americas, mostly in the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Anchoa in FishBase. April 2013 version.