Jenkinsia majua

Common Name

Little-eye Round Herring

Year Described

Whitehead, 1963


Dorsal Fin: 9-11
Anal Fin: 11-13
Pectoral Fin: 12-14
Pelvic Fin: 8
Vertebrae: 38
Lateral Line Scales: 35-40
Gill Rakers: 24-28 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. Premaxilla without teeth.


Body pale with a greenish back. A bright silvery lateral stripe (about half eye diameter) narrow slightly behind gill cover.


Maximum size to 60mm TL.


Coastal pelagic. Forms large schools.


The Bahamas, Greater Antilles (Cuba, Hispaniola), and continental waters from the Bay of Campeche to Panama.


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.