Brevoortia tyrannus

Common Name

Atlantic Menhaden

Year Described

Latrobe, 1802


Dorsal Fin: 19-20
Anal Fin: 20-22
Pectoral Fin: 16-17
Pelvic Fin: 7
Vertebrae: 47-49
Lateral Line Scales: 40-58
Ventral Scutes: 30-35
Gill Rakers: 100-150 (lower limb of first arch in adults)

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


Maximum size to 50 cm SL. Common from 20-35cm SL.


Nova Scotia to eastern Florida.


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 and B. smithi are the only Brevoortia on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Two additional species are found in the Gulf of Mexico.