Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Clupeiformes > Engraulidae > Anchoa > Anchoa hepsetus

Anchoa hepsetus (Broad-striped anchovy; Striped anchovy; Anchovy; Anchovy fry)

Synonyms: Anchoa ginsburgi; Anchovia brownii; Anchoviella epsetus; Atherina brownii; Esox hepsetus; Stolephorus perthecata; Stolephorus perthecatus
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Wikipedia Abstract

Anchoa hepsetus, commonly known as the broad-striped anchovy, is a species of fish in the family Engraulidae. It grows to be about 15 cm (6 in) long. The Broad-striped anchovy is found in the west Atlantic along the North American coast from Nova Scotia and the Maine coast scarcely, and abundantly from the Chesapeake bay to the West Indies and Uruguay. It is found most commonly in shoals along coastal waters, as deep as 73 m (40 fathoms) although mostly found water more shallow than this. The broad-striped anchovy spawns in spring. Their eggs are pelagic and hatch within 48 hours at regular spring temperatures. At young ages, it eats copepods, but as the fish ages, its diet begins to consist of other small crustaceans, molluscs, and worm larvae. It is an important food staple for large com
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Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Yucatan Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Coastal Rivers    

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Canaveral National Seashore II 9090 Florida, United States
Cape Cod National Seashore II 21724 Massachusetts, United States
Central Gulf Coastal Plain Biosphere Reserve 40530 United States  
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary IV 2387149 Florida, United States
George Washington Memorial Parkway V   Virginia, United States

Prey / Diet

Abylopsis tetragona[1]
Acartia lilljeborgi[1]
Acartia spinata[1]
Acartia tonsa[2]
Acetes americanus (aviu shrimp)[1]
Brachyscelus crusculum[1]
Centropages caribbeanensis[1]
Centropages furcatus[1]
Dioithona oculata[1]
Diphyes bojani[1]
Ditrichocorycaeus amazonicus[1]
Ditrichocorycaeus americanus[1]
Euchaeta marina[1]
Eudoxoides spiralis[1]
Eurydice littoralis[1]
Euterpina acutifrons[1]
Farranula gracilis[1]
Flaccisagitta enflata[1]
Fritillaria haplostoma[1]
Gilvossius setimanus[3]
Glossocephalus milneedwardsi[1]
Krohnitta subtilis[1]
Labidocera acutifrons[1]
Labidocera aestiva[1]
Lensia subtiloides[1]
Lestrigonus bengalensis[1]
Lucifer faxoni (Lucifer shrimp)[1]
Microsetella rosea[1]
Nannocalanus minor[1]
Neomysis americana (Mysid shrimp)[3]
Oikopleura dioica[1]
Oikopleura longicauda[1]
Oithona colcarva[1]
Oithona nana[1]
Oithona plumifera[1]
Oithona simplex[1]
Oncaea mediterranea[1]
Oncaea venusta[1]
Paracalanus aculeatus[1]
Paracalanus parvus[1]
Pareucalanus attenuatus[1]
Parvocalanus crassirostris[1]
Penilia avirostris[1]
Rhincalanus cornutus[1]
Serratosagitta serratodentata[1]
Temora longicornis[1]
Temora stylifera[1]
Undinula vulgaris[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Alosa pseudoharengus (kyack)1
Anchoa mitchilli (Bay anchovy)1
Brevoortia tyrannus (Shad)1
Centropristis striata (Sea bass)1
Leiostomus xanthurus (Spot croaker)1
Membras martinica (Rough silverside)1
Menticirrhus saxatilis (Northern kingfish)1
Morone americana (Wreckfish)1
Mycteroperca microlepis (Velvet rockfish)1
Myoxocephalus aenaeus (Little sculpin)1
Paralichthys dentatus (fluke)1
Pomatomus saltatrix (Tailor run)1
Prionotus evolans (Striped searobin)1
Pseudopleuronectes americanus (rough flounder)1
Scomber scombrus (Split)1
Scophthalmus aquosus (brill)1
Stenotomus chrysops (Scup)1
Syngnathus fuscus (Northern pipefish)1
Urophycis chuss (Squirrel hake)1


Ariopsis felis (Sea catfish)[1]
Aulostomus maculatus (Trumpetfish)[1]
Bagre marinus (Slooprig)[1]
Bothus lunatus (Solefish)[1]
Caranx ruber (Bar jack)[4]
Carcharhinus limbatus (Spot-fin ground shark)[1]
Carcharhinus obscurus (Whaler shark)[1]
Carcharhinus perezii (Caribbean reef shark)[1]
Carcharhinus plumbeus (Thickskin shark)[5]
Centropristis striata (Sea bass)[3]
Chloroscombrus chrysurus (Yellowtail)[1]
Cynoscion nebulosus (Spotted weakfish)[1]
Cynoscion regalis (Weakfish)[3]
Doryteuthis pleii (arrow squid)[1]
Elops saurus (Ladyfish)[1]
Epinephelus striatus (White grouper)[1]
Euthynnus alletteratus (Little tunny)[1]
Harengula jaguana (Guiana harring)[1]
Hoplunnis macrura (Silver conger)[1]
Leiostomus xanthurus (Spot croaker)[3]
Lutjanus campechanus (Red snapper)[6]
Lutjanus synagris (Walliacke)[1]
Megalops atlanticus (Tarpon)[1]
Menticirrhus americanus (Woundhead)[3]
Polydactylus octonemus (Atlantic threadfin)[1]
Pomatomus saltatrix (Tailor run)[3]
Rhinoptera bonasus (Skeete)[3]
Rhizoprionodon porosus (Snook shark)[1]
Rhizoprionodon terraenovae (Atlantic sharp-nosed shark)[3]
Sciaenops ocellatus (Spotted bass)[1]
Scomberomorus cavalla (Spanish mackerel)[7]
Scomberomorus maculatus (Spanish mackerel)[3]
Scomberomorus regalis (painted mackerel)[1]
Scorpaena grandicornis (poison grouper)[1]
Sepioteuthis sepioidea (Caribbean reef squid)[1]
Sphyraena guachancho (Sockeye)[7]
Sphyrna lewini (Southern hammerhead shark)[3]
Synodus foetens (Soapfish)[8]
Trachinotus goodei (Zelwan)[1]
Trichiurus lepturus (Atlantic Cutlassfish)[7]
Tursiops truncatus (Bottlenosed Dolphin)[1]


Parasitized by 
Pseudacanthocotyloides dossae <Unverified Name>[9]


Western Atlantic: Massachusetts, USA perhaps occasionally straying north to Maine or even Nova Scotia (Canada), south to Fort Pierce, Florida (but not Florida Keys) and at least northern Gulf of Mexico; also from Gulf of Venezuela south to Uruguay. Replaced by <i>Anchoa colonensis</i> in the West Indies.;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2Trophic relationships and seasonal utilization of salt-marsh creeks by zooplanktivorous fishes, Dennis M. Allen, William S. Johnson & Virginia Ogburn-Matthews, Environmental Biology of Fishes 42: 37-50, 1995.
3Food of Northwest Atlantic Fishes and Two Common Species of Squid, Ray E. Bowman, Charles E. Stillwell, William L. Michaels, and Marvin D. Grosslein, NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-NE-155 (2000)
4Food Habits of Reef Fishes of the West Indies, John E. Randall, Stud. Trop. Oceanogr. 5, 665–847 (1967)
6Feeding ecology of red snapper Lutjanus campechanus in the northern Gulf of Mexico, R. J. David Wells, James H. Cowan Jr., Brian Fry, Mar Ecol Prog Ser 361: 213–225, 2008
7TROPHIC RELATIONSHIPS OF DEMERSAL FISHES IN THE SHRIMPING ZONE OFF ALVARADO LAGOON, VERACRUZ, MEXICO, Edgar Peláez-Rodríguez, Jonathan Franco-López, Wilfredo A. Matamoros, Rafael Chavez-López, and Nancy J. Brown-Peterson, Gulf and Caribbean Research Vol 17, 157–167, 2005
8ECOLOGY OF INSHORE LIZARDFISH, Synodus foetens, IN THE NORTHERN GULF OF MEXICO, Sarah Ann Branson Jeffers, Master of Science thesis, University of West Florida, 2007
9Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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