Body long slender, slightly compressed; snout bluntly rounded, protruding in front of the very large mouth; jaws reaching well beyond eye; dorsal fin short-based, on middle of back, anterior rays much longer than posterior rays; caudal fin deeply forked. Greenish above, silvery white below, with broad silver stripe along midsides; head mostly silver, fins mostly transparent. To 15 cm.
Anchovies are of great commercial importance throughout their range. They form large, dense schools in offshore and inshore surface waters.
Offshore and inshore waters, in depths of 0-200 m.
New Zealand and western, southern and eastern Australia.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed