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Species: Jenkinsia parvula, Shortstriped Round Herring

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silver stripe narrows & fades at rear
top jaw with teeth
isthmus under throat - triangular, no front shoulders

Jenkinsia parvula Cervigón & Velazquez, 1978

Shortstriped Round Herring

Small, elongate, with rounded body; premaxilla (at front of top jaw) elongate, triangular, with teeth; isthmus of throat broadly triangular and pointed, without shoulders at front; lower gill rakers 20-24 (usually 21-22); only 6-7 rays on the membrane under the gill cover; anal fin short based; pectoral fin 10-13 rays; pelvic fin 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.

Silver stripe narrowing and fading from under rear of dorsal fin forwards.

Reaches 7.1 cm.

In shallow water inshore.

Depth range: 0-5 m.


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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7.1
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5