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Species: Jenkinsia stolifera, Florida Round Herring, Shortband Herring

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silver stripe NOT narrowing or fading at rear
eye 40% of head
top jaw with teeth
isthmus under throat - triangular, no front shoulders

Jenkinsia stolifera (Jordan & Gilbert, 1884)

Shortband Herring, Shortband Round Herring, Florida Round Herring

Small, elongate, with rounded body; eye large, 40% of head length; premaxilla (at front of top jaw) elongate, triangular, with teeth; isthmus of throat broadly triangular and pointed; lower gill rakers 20-24 (usually 22-23); only 6-7 rays on the membrane under the gill cover; anal fin short based; pectoral fin 11-12 rays; 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 silver stripe that does NOT narrow and fade at front.

Reaches 7.5 cm.

In shallow water inshore.

Depth range: 0-5 m.

SE Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • 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
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7.5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5