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. Fishermen also use anchovies as bait for larger fish such tuna and seabass.
The family includes 16 genera and over 130 species.