Common Hairfin Anchovy

Setipinna Tenuifilis
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Setipinna Tenuifilis
Other names Longfin Anchovy
Size Up to 22 cm (8.6 in)
Weight Up to 100 g (3.5 oz)


Habitat & AU Distribution River mouths & coastal waters
Depth Range
Common Hairfin Anchovy Distribution

Interesting Info

  • The Common Hairfin Anchovy is a schooling fish living in brackish waters.
  • Common Hairfin are generally used as a bait fish.
  • These fish are omnivores and primarily feed on plankton and other small prawns, copepods and crustacean larvae.
  • 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

Recreational Fishing

The Common Hairfin anchovy also known as the Longfin anchovy are not highly targeted species but can be used as bait fish. They frequent coastal waters in depths up to 50 m (164 ft) but have also been found kilometres up rivers, most notably the Godavari in India.

The Common Hairfin has been spotted in parts of northern WA and the Northern Territory.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Clupeiformes

Family: Engraulidae

Genus: Setipinna

Species: Setipinna tenuifilis

Conservation Status

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

Fish Taste Quality

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

Taste Rating: 0/5

How to catch
Common Hairfin Anchovy

Catch Difficulty: Intermediate

Tackle: Floater Rig

Bait: Lures, Prawns

Technique: Slowly sink bait towards bottom

Popularity: Not targeted