Brevoortia gunteri

Common Name

Finescale Menhaden

Year Described

Hildebrand, 1948


Dorsal Fin: 17-20
Anal Fin: 20-25
Pectoral Fin:
Pelvic Fin: 7
Vertebrae: 42-44
Lateral Line Scales: 60-77
Ventral Scutes: 27-30
Gill Rakers: 135-150 (lower limb first arch in adults)

Pelvic fin with a straight posterior margin. Innermost rays distinctly shorter than outer rays when fin is depressed.


Maximum size to 27cm SL.


Western Gulf of Mexico: Louisiana to the Bay of Campeche.


McEachran, J.D. & J.D. Fechhelm. 1998. Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Volume 1: Myxiniformes to Gasterosteiformes. University of Texas Press, Austin. i-viii + 1-1112.

Munroe, T.A. & M.S. Nizinski. 2002. Clupeidaeidae (pp 804-830). In: Carpenter. 2002. The living marine resources of the Western Central Atlantic. Vol. 2: Bony fishes part 1 (Acipenseridae-Grammatidae). FAO Species Identification Guides for Fisheries Purposes. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Special Publication No. 5.

Other Notes

Appears to be allopatric in distribution from closely related B. smithi from the eastern Gulf of Mexico.