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Set B7 - Freshwater Fish - card information

33. Allis Shad
(Alosa alosa)

33. Allis Shad

It resembles a very large Herring, silvery with a dark back and a blackish spot on the shoulder. It has no lateral line; there are from 72 to 86 scales from gills to tail, and numerous fine gillrakers (from 60 to 120) visible on lifting the gill-covers. It is a sea fish, coming into large clean rivers to spawn; the year-old fish, which has a row of dark blotches on the upper part of each side of the body, emigrates to the sea. No angling records; the maximum length is 2 1/2 feet, maximum weight about 8 lbs.