Jenkinsia lamprotaenia (Grosse 1851)

Smith-Vaniz, William F. & Jelks, Howard L., 2014, Marine and inland fishes of St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands: an annotated checklist, Zootaxa 3803 (1), pp. 1-120: 27

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Jenkinsia lamprotaenia (Grosse 1851)


Jenkinsia lamprotaenia (Grosse 1851)   — Dwarf Herring

Justification: UF (BIRNM, 15); UF 180957 View Materials (100, 34– 54 mm SL), Frederiksted Pier ; recorded from Tague Bay ( Robblee and Zieman, 1984:338)   .

Distribution: WA ( BD, FL, GOM, BA, GA, VI, LA, WC, nSA).

Remarks: In addition to the very abundant Jenkinsia lamprotaenia, Robblee and Zieman (1984:342)   also reported four individuals of J. majua Whitehead   from Tague Bay. We question the the accuracy of the identification because species of Jenkinsia   are difficult to identify and the best character purported by Whitehead (1963) to distinguish these two species is absence of premaxillary dentition in J. majua   . Dentition is difficult to observe in small specimens of Jenkinsia   ; many specimen lots identified as Jenkinsia majua   in the UF collection have minute premaxillary dentition which apparently was overlooked.


Mykotektet, National Veterinary Institute