Brevoortia smithi

Common Name

Yellowfin Menhaden

Year Described

Hildebrand, 1941


Dorsal Fin: 18-20
Anal Fin: 22-23
Pectoral Fin:
Pelvic Fin: 7
Lateral Line Scales: 54-80
Ventral Scutes: 30-32
Gill Rakers: 121-149 (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 33cm SL. Common under 25cm SL.


North Carolina to southeastern Florida, and in the eastern Gulf from southwestern Florida to Louisiana.


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 is the sister species of B. gunteri from the western Gulf.