Anchoa mitchilli
Valenciennes 1848
Family Engraulidae

Lateral view of a bay anchovy
The bay anchovy pictured above was collected in Brevard County, Florida, in 2014. It now belongs to the Florida Museum ichthyology collection, UF 187944. Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

Bay anchovies are members of the anchovy family. These anchovies have a silvery stripe on their side and semitransparent body musculature. Their maxillae extend posteriorly beyond the eye to the gill cover. Bay anchovies are a marine species that enters rivers, creeks, canals and lakes, and that can also be found well inland.

Status & distribution

  • Status — Marine invader
  • Florida Distribution — Western and North Central drainages, the Gulf Coast, South Florida and the Atlantic Coast
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