Bareback Anchovy

Papuengraulis Micropinna
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Papuengraulis Micropinna
Other names Little Anchovy, Littlefin Anchovy
Size Up to 12 cm (4.7 in)
Weight Up to 60 g (2.1 oz)

Distribution

Habitat & AU Distribution River mouths & coastal waters
Depth Range
Bareback Anchovy Distribution

Interesting Info

  • The Bareback Anchovy is a brackish water fish being found in both rivers and coastal waters, in estimated depths up to 20 m (65 ft).
  • Bareback anchovies are generally used as a bait fish.
  • These fish are omnivores and primarily feed on plankton.
  • No established lifespan, presumably between 3 and 5 years, like many others in its family.
  • They are an important food source in the food chain.
  • The main predators of anchovy include seabirds, dolphins, sharks, larger predatory fish and marine mammals.
Species Interaction

Scarce/Uncommon

Bareback anchovy also known as the Littlefin anchovy are a rare or uncommon fish. Not much is known about this species, it is estimated that only 4 specimens of this fish have ever been preserved.

The Bareback has been spotted in parts of northern Australia and the Gulf of Papua.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Clupeiformes

Family: Engraulidae

Genus: Papuengraulis

Species: Papuengraulis micropinna

Conservation Status

There is little information on the conservation status of the Bareback Anchovy. This species has not been evaluated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Fish Taste Quality

Bareback anchovy are a edible fish but not a targeted species for consumption.

Taste Rating: 1/5

Elusive / Overlooked Species

Finding: Difficult

Temperament: Shy

Location: Inner reef

Danger: None

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