Engraulis mordax, commonly known as the Pacific anchovy, is a small, schooling fish that can reach up to 15 cm in length. It has a slender, elongated body with a forked tail and a small head. Its coloration is silvery-green on the back and silvery-white on the belly. It is found in the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Mexico, and its lifespan is typically 1-3 years. It is an important food source for many marine mammals, birds, and other fish. The current population of Engraulis mordax is estimated to be around 1.5 billion.
Name Origin: Engraulis mordax, commonly known as the Pacific anchovy, is a species of anchovy found in the Pacific Ocean. The name Engraulis is derived from the Greek word engraulis, which means "anchovy". The species name mordax is derived from the Latin word mordax, which means "biting".
Related Species: Engraulis encrasicolus, Engraulis ringens, Engraulis anchoita