Jenkinsia lamprotaenia

Common Name

Dwarf Round Herring

Year Described

Gosse, 1851


Dorsal Fin: 9-13
Anal Fin: 13-16
Pectoral Fin: 12-15
Pelvic Fin: 8
Vertebrae: 40-43
Lateral Line Scales: 33-37
Gill Rakers: 20-26 lower (first arch in adults)

Body cylindrical in cross-section. No scutes on ventral surface. Scute anterior to dorsal fin W-shaped. Branchiostegal rays number 6-7. Teeth present on premaxilla. Isthmus triangular (without any shouldered humps).


Body pale with a greenish back. A bright silvery lateral stripe (about half eye diameter) does not narrow anteriorly.


Maximum size to 70mm TL.


Coastal pelagic. Forms large schools.


Florida to Venezuela, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Also Bermuda.


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.