44 NorthernAnchovy Herrmann W
44Identifcation number on The Map®

Northern Anchovy

Engraulis mordax

Northern AnchovyRichard Hermann ~ richardhermann.com


  • Blue to greenish above; silvery below
  • Adults have faint sliver side strip
  • Short, rounded snout
  • Huge, underslung mouth extends well past eye
  • Single dorsal fin


  • Abundant in California, occasional north to Queen Charlotte Islands


  • Considered pelagic
  • Form huge polarized schools that occasionally swim in open water near shore
  • Often near surface, especially at night


  • Zooplankton-arrow worms, copepods, krill

Interesting Facts

  • Anchovies make extensive seasonal migrations
  • Length 9 inches 4-5 years