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Species: Jenkinsia lamprotaenia, Dwarf round herring, Dwarf herring

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top jaw - front with teeth
isthmus under throat - slender, slight shoulders at front base

Jenkinsia lamprotaenia (Gosse, 1851)

Dwarf round herring, Dwarf herring

Small, elongate, rounded, slightly compressed body; premaxilla (at front of top jaw) elongate, triangular, with teeth; isthmus of throat slender, but with slight shoulders at front; lower gill rakers 20-30; 6-7 rays on the membrane under the gill cover;  anal fin short based; pectoral fin 13-14 rays; pelvic fins 8, on the abdomen below the dorsal fin, insert slightly closer to tail fin base than to tip of snout; a forked tail fin; a W shaped hard bony scale at the base of the pelvic fins, no other scutes (hard bony scales) along lower midline of body.

Adults with a broad silver stripe that does not narrow at front.

Reaches 8.3 cm

In shallow water off beaches and rocky areas.

Depth range: 0-5 m.

Bermuda to the Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Water column only
  • Surface
  • Near Surface
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Pelagic fish larvae
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species..
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 8.3
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5