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Genus: Jenkinsia, Round Herrings, Small Round Herring

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front bone top jaw - a long triangle
rays under throat 6-7
only scute is W-shaped, between pelvics



Small, elongate herrings with rounded bodies; mouth short, premaxilla (at front of top jaw) elongate, triangular; anal fin relatively short based; 6-7 rays on the membrane under the gill cover; 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.

A W Atlantic genus endemic to the Greater Caribbean, with 4 species.