Brevoortia tyrannus

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Brevoortia tyrannus
Taxonavigation: Clupeoidei 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Otomorpha
Subcohors: Clupei
Superordo: Clupeomorpha
Ordo: Clupeiformes
Subordo: Clupeoidei

Familia: Clupeidae
Subfamilia: Alosinae
Genus: Brevoortia
Species: Brevoortia tyrannus


Brevoortia tyrannus (Latrobe, 1802)

  • No types known.

Type locality: Chesapeake Bay, northeastern U.S.A..

Etymology: The specific name was given after the absolute rulers of ancient Rome, the Tyranni, who forced food-tasters to test their food for poison. The auhtor picked this name because he found in the type specimen a parasitic isopod, or fish louse, that lived in its mouth (see: The ETYFish Project).


Vernacular names[edit]

English: Atlantic Menhaden