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

(See list of species below)



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24 species
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Photo by Flescher, D.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 40 cm SL
Alosa aestivalis (Mitchill, 1814)

Photo by Flescher, D.
 
Alosa aestivalis
[Blueback shad]

Photo by Caramori, G.

Europe
Max. Length 42.6 cm TL
Alosa agone (Scopoli, 1786)

Photo by Caramori, G.
 
Alosa agone
[Agone]

Photo by Smith, A.B.

Western Central Atlantic
Max. Length 51 cm SL
Alosa alabamae Jordan & Evermann, 1896

Photo by Smith, A.B.
 
Alosa alabamae
[Alabama shad]

Photo by Bacha, M.

Africa
Max. Length 50 cm SL
Alosa algeriensis Regan, 1916

Photo by Bacha, M.
 
Alosa algeriensis
[North African shad]

Photo by Meyer, T.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 83 cm TL
Alosa alosa (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Meyer, T.
 
Alosa alosa
[Allis shad]

Photo by FAO

Former USSR and Asia
Max. Length 50 cm SL
Alosa braschnikowi (Borodin, 1904)

Photo by FAO
 
Alosa braschnikowi
[Caspian marine shad]

Photo by FAO

Eurasia
Max. Length 32 cm TL
Alosa caspia (Eichwald, 1838)

Photo by FAO
 
Alosa caspia
[Caspian shad]

Photo by The Native Fish Conservancy

Western Central Atlantic
Max. Length 50 cm SL
Alosa chrysochloris (Rafinesque, 1820)

Photo by The Native Fish Conservancy
 
Alosa chrysochloris
[Skipjack shad]
No picture found
Europe and Asia
Max. Length 19 cm TL

 
Alosa curensis
[Kura shad]

Photo by Stergiou, K.I.

Northeast Atlantic
Max. Length 60 cm SL
Alosa fallax (Lacepède, 1803)

Photo by Stergiou, K.I.
 
Alosa fallax
[Twaite shad]

Photo by Kutsarov, Y.

Eurasia
Max. Length 39 cm SL
Alosa immaculata Bennett, 1835

Photo by Kutsarov, Y.
 
Alosa immaculata
[Pontic shad]

Photo by Hillen, B.

Europe
Max. Length 52 cm SL
Alosa kessleri (Grimm, 1887)

Photo by Hillen, B.
 
Alosa kessleri
[Caspian anadromous shad]
No picture found
Europe
Max. Length 20 cm SL

 
Alosa killarnensis
[Killarney shad]

Photo by Margies, P.

Europe
Max. Length 35.1 cm FL
Alosa macedonica (Vinciguerra, 1921)

Photo by Margies, P.
 
Alosa macedonica
[Macedonia shad]

Photo by FAO

Eurasia
Max. Length 32 cm TL
Alosa maeotica (Grimm, 1901)

Photo by FAO
 
Alosa maeotica
[Black sea shad]

Photo by IGFA

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 60 cm SL
Alosa mediocris (Mitchill, 1814)

Photo by IGFA
 
Alosa mediocris
[Hickory shad]

Photo by Scarola, J.F.

North America
Max. Length 40 cm SL
Alosa pseudoharengus (Wilson, 1811)

Photo by Scarola, J.F.
 
Alosa pseudoharengus
[Alewife]

Photo by Flescher, D.

North America
Max. Length 76 cm TL
Alosa sapidissima (Wilson, 1811)

Photo by Flescher, D.
 
Alosa sapidissima
[American shad]

Photo by FAO

Former USSR and Asia
Max. Length 38.1 cm TL
Alosa saposchnikowii (Grimm, 1887)

Photo by FAO
 
Alosa saposchnikowii
[Saposhnikovi shad]

Photo by FAO

Former USSR and Asia
Max. Length 25 cm SL
Alosa sphaerocephala (Berg, 1913)

Photo by FAO
 
Alosa sphaerocephala
[Agrakhan shad]
No picture found
Europe
Max. Length 26.8 cm TL

 
Alosa suworowi
[]

Photo by Otel, V.

Eurasia
Max. Length 24.6 cm TL
Alosa tanaica (Grimm, 1901)

Photo by Otel, V.
 
Alosa tanaica
[Black Sea shad]

Photo by MNHN

Europe
Max. Length 17 cm SL
Alosa vistonica Economidis & Sinis, 1986

Photo by MNHN
 
Alosa vistonica
[Thracian shad]
No picture found
Europe
Max. Length 35 cm SL

 
Alosa volgensis
[Volga shad]



24 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Alosa aestivalis Blueback shad Western Atlantic 40 SL 1814
Alosa agone Agone Europe 42.6 TL 1786
Alosa alabamae Alabama shad Western Central Atlantic 51 SL 1896
Alosa algeriensis North African shad Africa 50 SL 1916
Alosa alosa Allis shad Eastern Atlantic 83 TL 1758
Alosa braschnikowi Caspian marine shad Former USSR and Asia 50 SL 1904
Alosa caspia Caspian shad Eurasia 32 TL 1838
Alosa chrysochloris Skipjack shad Western Central Atlantic 50 SL 1820
Alosa curensis Kura shad Europe and Asia 19 TL 1907
Alosa fallax Twaite shad Northeast Atlantic 60 SL 1803
Alosa immaculata Pontic shad Eurasia 39 SL 1835
Alosa kessleri Caspian anadromous shad Europe 52 SL 1887
Alosa killarnensis Killarney shad Europe 20 SL 1916
Alosa macedonica Macedonia shad Europe 35.1 FL 1921
Alosa maeotica Black sea shad Eurasia 32 TL 1901
Alosa mediocris Hickory shad Western Atlantic 60 SL 1814
Alosa pseudoharengus Alewife North America 40 SL 1811
Alosa sapidissima American shad North America 76 TL 1811
Alosa saposchnikowii Saposhnikovi shad Former USSR and Asia 38.1 TL 1887
Alosa sphaerocephala Agrakhan shad Former USSR and Asia 25 SL 1913
Alosa suworowi Europe 26.8 TL 1913
Alosa tanaica Black Sea shad Eurasia 24.6 TL 1901
Alosa vistonica Thracian shad Europe 17 SL 1986
Alosa volgensis Volga shad Europe 35 SL 1913



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