Described as a toothless herring, Atlantic manhaden can range from blue to blue-brown in color. Adults can grow 15 inches in length. Atlantic menhaden spawns year-round in the ocean after maturing at the end of their second year. Juveniles depend on zooplanktons as a source of food while adults eat larger phytoplankton and diatoms which are larger.
Nova-Scotia, Canada to central Florida
Atlantic menhaden species profile (pdf - 1.16MB)
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