Lycengraulis poeyi (Kner, 1863)
Pacific sabretooth anchovy
Lycengraulis poeyi
photo by Robertson, R.

Family:  Engraulidae (Anchovies), subfamily: Engraulinae
Max. size:  20.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; depth range 0 - 50 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: El Salvador to Panama Bay and possibly northern Ecuador.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 21-24. Snout about 2/3 eye diameter; maxilla moderate, tip somewhat bluntly rounded, reaching almost to sub-operculum, teeth becoming larger after first third of jaw. Lower gill rakers fairly short, none rudimentary. Dorsal fin origin behind midpoint of body; anal fin origin under anterior third of dorsal fin base. Silver stripe lost in larger fishes; a curve of black dots on operculum .
Biology:  Occurs inshore but entering brackish if not fresh water (thus probably similar to L. grossidens). Feeds on fishes (including other anchovies), perhaps also crustaceans. Nearly ripe females occurred in the Gulf of Nicoya, Costa Rica in June, August and September, and juveniles of 3.3-4.5 cm in January and October. TL = 1.257 SL.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 30 April 2008 Ref. (120744)
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. - 10.07.94

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