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European Anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus)


The European Anchovy or Engraulis encrasicolus is just one of the over 140 different kinds of Anchovies. This particular species of Anchovy is commonly found in the Mediterranean Sea and are often caught in places like Georgia, Greece, Sicily, Turkey, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Italy, France and Spain.

This fish can be distinguished from other Anchovies by its deeply cleft mouth. They have a pointed snout that extends beyond their lower jaw. They are slender and reach only about 8" in maximum length.

Like most other Anchovies they have a greenish color that reflects with blue reflections when in the water. This is due to a silver longitudinal stripe that runs from the base of their caudal fin.

As you can imagine due to its small size they have numerous predators including Halibut, Sharks, and Salmon.

The European Anchovy is one of the most popular of all the Anchovies to eat. They are enjoyed all over the world! If you have any more information about the European Anchovy that you would like to share please do so in the comments below...

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