Clupea harengus

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
CluepeidaeClupea harengusLinnaeus1758Atlantic Herring

Clupea harengus

Unique Characters: Upper jaw without median notch. Posterior border of gill opening evenly rounded.

Similar Species:

Scaled Sardine Harengula jaguana

Atlantic Thread Herring Opisthonema oglinum

Spanish Sardine Sardinella aurita

Harengula jaguana
Scaled Sardine – Harengula jaguana
Opisthonema oglinum
Atlantic Thread Herring – Opisthonema oglinum
Sardinella aurita
Spanish Sardine – Sardinella aurita

Scaled Sardine Harengula jaguana. Upper jaw without median notch. Posterior border of gill opening with 2 fleshy lobes. Small, toothed hypomaxilla present between posterior tip of premaxilla and expanded blade of maxilla.

Atlantic Thread Herring Opisthonema oglinum. Upper jaw without median notch. Posterior border of gill opening with 2 fleshy lobes. No small, toothed hypomaxilla between posterior tip of premaxilla and expanded blade of maxilla. Last dorsal-fin ray filamentous. 7 branched pelvic-fin rays.

Spanish Sardine Sardinella aurita. Upper jaw without median notch. Posterior border of gill opening with 2 fleshy lobes. No small, toothed hypomaxilla between posterior tip of premaxilla and expanded blade of maxilla. Last dorsal-fin ray normal. 8 branched pelvic-fin rays.

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