Bathyclupea schroederi

Common Name

Schroeder's Deepsea Herring

Year Described

Dick, 1962


Dorsal Fin: I, 8-9
Anal Fin: I, 37-39
Pectoral Fin: I, 28-29
Pelvic Fin:
Gill Rakers: 3 + 16
Lateral Line Scales: 38 (pored)
Vertebrae: 31

Body elongate and laterally compressed. Dorsal profile flattened while ventral profile is strongly curved. Mouth strongly upturned. Eye quite large. Tiny teeth on vomer, premaxillary, and lower jaw. Body depth 3.9-4.4 times in length. Head length 3.3-3.4 in SL. Dorsal fin origin far back on body (well posterior to anal origin). Anal fin very long; originating anterior to the midpoint of body. Pelvic fin origin well forward of pectoral base. Pectoral fin large, with top rays longest. Body scales cycloid and easily rubbed off (lateral line scales less fragile). Head naked with obvious mucus cavities.


Most likely bright silvery in color.


Adults from 120-144mm SL.


Off Cuba and the Gulf of Mexico.


Dick, M. M. 1962. Bathyclupea schoederi, a new bathyclupeid fish from the western tropical Atlantic. Breviora No. 167: 1-4.

McEachran, J.D. & J.D. Fechhelm. 2005. Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Volume 2: Scorpaeniformes to Tetraodontiformes. University of Texas Press, Austin. i-viii +1-1004.