A shoal of Peruvian anchoveta

Peruvian anchoveta

Peruvian anchovetas form large shoals close to the coasts of Peru and Chile. Feeding almost entirely on plankton in the Peruvian current, populations can be badly affected by the El NiƱo phenomenon. Large numbers of birds depend on the anchoveta shoals for their food supply.

Scientific name: Engraulis ringens

Rank: Species

Common names:

Peruvian anchovy

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The following habitats are found across the Peruvian anchoveta distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web