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

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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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