Jenkinsia parvula

Common Name

Short-striped Round Herring

Year Described

Cervigón & Velazquez, 1978


Dorsal Fin: 9-13
Anal Fin: 12-15
Pectoral Fin: 11-12
Pelvic Fin: 8
Vertebrae: 38-39
Lateral Line Scales: 33-37
Gill Rakers: 20-24 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 with distinct shoulders, the anterior third narrowed abruptly


Body pale with a greenish back. A bright silvery lateral stripe (about half eye diameter) narrows considerably anterior to dorsal fin and fades out near gill cover.


Maximum size to 60mm TL.


Coastal pelagic. Forms large schools.


Known only from Venezuela.


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.