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Species: Jenkinsia majua, Little-eye round herring, Little-eye herring

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top jaw - front without teeth
isthmus under throat - distinct blunt shoulders at front base

Jenkinsia majua Whitehead, 1963

Little-eye herring

Small, elongate, with rounded body; premaxilla (at front of top jaw) elongate, triangular, without teeth; isthmus of throat with distinct blunt shoulders at front; lower gill rakers 21-28; 6-7 rays on the membrane under the gill cover; anal fin short based; pectoral fin 12-14 rays; pelvic fin 8, on the abdomen below the dorsal fin, insert slightly closer to tail fin base than to tip of snout; 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 silver stripe that does NOT narrow at front.

Reaches 7.3 cm.

In shallow water inshore.

Depth range: 0-5 m.

The Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas and Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Water column only
  • Surface
  • Near Surface
  • Mid Water
  • Water column
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • All species..
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Depth Range Max
  • 5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Length Max
  • 7.3