Brevoortia patronus

Common Name

Gulf Menhaden

Year Described

Goode, 1878

Identification

Dorsal Fin: 17-20
Anal Fin: 20-23
Pectoral Fin:
Pelvic Fin: 7
Vertebrae: 45-47
Lateral Line Scales: 42-48
Ventral Scutes: 29-31
Gill Rakers: 135-150 (lower limb first arch in adults)

Pelvic fin with a slightly rounded posterior margin. Innermost rays about the same length as outermost rays.

Size

Maximum size to 27cm SL. Common under 20cm SL.

Range

Gulf of Mexico: southwestern Florida to the Bay of Campeche.

References

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

This species is the sister species to the Atlantic coast B. tyrannus.