Alosa sapidissima
(Wilson 1811)
Family Clupeidae

Lateral view of an American shad
The American shad pictured above was collected in Volusia County, Florida in 2015. It is now part of the Florida Museum ichthyology collection, UF 237830. Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

The American shad is a member of the herring family. This species lacks jaw teeth and has a cheek that is deeper than it is long. The American shad is a marine species that lives along the Atlantic Coast, and it can be found in the open waters of the St. John’s River during its spring spawning migrations.

Status & distribution

  • Status — Native freshwater
  • Florida Distribution — Peninsula drainages
  • River Drainages — St. John’s River and St. Mary’s River
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