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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Clupeiformes
Family: Clupeidae Herrings, shads, sardines, menhadens
Subfamily: Alosinae
Genus: Brevoortia

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Southwest Atlantic
Max. Length 34.4 cm TL
Brevoortia aurea (Spix & Agassiz, 1829)

Photo by Photo by Timm, C.D.
 
Brevoortia aurea
[Brazilian menhaden]



Western Central Atlantic
Max. Length 30 cm SL
Brevoortia gunteri Hildebrand, 1948

Photo by Photo by McDonald, D.L.
 
Brevoortia gunteri
[Finescale menhaden]



Western Central Atlantic
Max. Length 35 cm SL
Brevoortia patronus Goode, 1878

Photo by Photo by McDonald, D.L.
 
Brevoortia patronus
[Gulf menhaden]



Southwest Atlantic
Max. Length 35 cm SL
Brevoortia pectinata (Jenyns, 1842)

Photo by Photo by Carvalho Filho, A.
 
Brevoortia pectinata
[Argentine menhaden]



Western Central Atlantic
Max. Length 33 cm SL
Brevoortia smithi Hildebrand, 1941

Photo by Photo by O'Donnell, P.
 
Brevoortia smithi
[Yellowfin menhaden]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Brevoortia tyrannus (Latrobe, 1802)

Photo by Photo by Flescher, D.
 
Brevoortia tyrannus
[Atlantic menhaden]



6 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Brevoortia aurea Brazilian menhaden Southwest Atlantic 34.4 TL 1829
Brevoortia gunteri Finescale menhaden Western Central Atlantic 30 SL 1948
Brevoortia patronus Gulf menhaden Western Central Atlantic 35 SL 1878
Brevoortia pectinata Argentine menhaden Southwest Atlantic 35 SL 1842
Brevoortia smithi Yellowfin menhaden Western Central Atlantic 33 SL 1941
Brevoortia tyrannus Atlantic menhaden Western Atlantic 50 TL 1802



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