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Set B7 - Freshwater Fish - card information

32. Twaite Shad
(Alosa fintu)

32. Twaite Shad

More common than the Allis Shad, with the same appearance and habits, though much smaller. Even when adult it retains a row of dark spots on the upper part of the body. There is no lateral line; the scales are smaller and firmer (58 to 66 in a row from gills to tail), and gillrakers are short and stiff, numbering from 30 to 45; these characteristics distinguish the Twaite from the Allis Shad. Frequent in the River Severn. The largest specimen caught* with rod and line weighed 3 lbs. 2 oz.
*up to 1958.