The California anchovy or northern anchovy (Engraulis mordax) is a species of anchovy found in the Pacific Ocean, ranging from Mexico to British Columbia.Usually found in coastal waters within about 30 km from shore, but as far out as 480 km, forming large, tightly packed schools. Enters bays and inlets. Feeds on euphausiids, copepods and decapod larvae, both by random filter-feeding and by 'pecking' at prey. Oviparous, epipelagic batch spawner. Spawns throughout the year, peaking once.Processed into fishmeal, used as bait for tuna, occasionally canned.Spawns either in inlets or offshore, throughout the year but mainly in winter and early spring, depending on hydrological conditions in upper water layers and Spawning occurs at night.
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