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Anchovies
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European anchovy
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Clupeiformes
Family: Engraulidae
Genera

Amazonsprattus
Anchoa
Anchovia
Anchiovella
Cetengraulis
Coilia
Encrasicholina
Engraulis
Jurengraulis
Lycengraulis
Lycothrissa
Papuengraulis
Pterengraulis
Setipinna
Stolephorus
Thryssa

The anchovies are a family (Engraulidae) of small but common fish. Their distribution is worldwide.


Anchovies are an important food fish, both popular and unpopular for their strong flavor. They are a key ingredient in Caesar salad and common as a pizza topping. Because of the strong flavour they are also an ingredient in several sauces, including Worcestershire sauce and many other fish sauces, and in some versions of Café de Paris butter. Fishermen also use anchovies as bait for larger fish such tuna and sea bass.


The family includes 16 genera and over 130 species.


Species:

Overfishing of anchovies has been a problem.


External link

  • FishBase info for Engraulidae (http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/FamilySummary.cfm?ID=454)





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Anchovy (208 words)
The lack of an adipose fin behind the dorsal is sufficient to separate anchovy from smelt at a glance, while the silversides (Menidia) have two dorsal fins instead of one.
The anchovy has large, thin, easily detached scales and a deeply forked tail.
This is a whitish silvery, translucent little fish, its most characteristic marking being an ill-defined silvery band scarcely wider than the pupil of the eye, running from the gill opening back to the caudal fin.
Anchovy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (750 words)
The anchovy appears to spawn 100 kilometers from the shore, near the surface of the water.
Anchovies are abundant in the Mediterranean, and are regularly caught on the coasts of Sicily, Italy, France and Spain.
Anchovies preserved by gutting and salting in brine, matured, then packed in oil, are an important food fish, both popular and unpopular for their strong flavor.
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