Stolephorus nelsoni Wongratana, 1987
Nelson's anchovy
Stolephorus nelsoni
photo by FAO

Family:  Engraulidae (Anchovies), subfamily: Engraulinae
Max. size:  7.4 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; marine; depth range 0 - 50 m
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean and Western Central Pacific: Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 20-20. Belly rounded, with 4 or 5 small needle-like pre-pelvic scutes. Maxilla tip pointed, reaching to about hind border of inter-operculum; hind border of pre-operculum convex, rounded. Knob-like tooth patches at bases of anterior epibranchial gill rakers. Small teeth present on upper edge of hyoid bones. Isthmus muscle tapering evenly forward to hind border of branchial membrane.
Biology:  A schooling species found in coastal waters. More data needed.
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 28 February 2017 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 15.07.13
Checked by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 12.07.94

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