Engraulis japonicus (Japanese anchovy)


The pointed snout extends beyond the lower jaw, forked tail and a single dorsal fin.


Has not yet been assessed for the IUCN Red List.


Western Pacific: southern Sakhalin Islands, Sea of Japan and Pacific coasts of Japan, and south to almost Canton/Taiwan.
Occurs in large schools near the surface, mainly in coastal waters but as far out as over 1,000 km from the shore.
Depth range 0 – 400 meters.


Open water egg scatterers.


Common length 14 cm.
Max length 18 cm.

Prey / Predation

Feeds on copepods, but also on other small crustaceans, molluscan larvae, fish eggs and larvae and diatoms.

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