Brevoortia tyrannus
(Latrobe 1802)
Family Clupeidae

Lateral view of an Atlantic menhaden
The Atlantic menhaden pictured above was photographed in northeast Florida. Photo courtesy of James Van Tassell and D. Ross Robertson

The Atlantic shad is a member of the herring family, and has many small spots along its side. The posterior edge of its pelvic fin is rounded, and its posterior scale edges are comb-like with many long, thin tooth-like projections. The Atlantic shad is a marine species that enters rivers, creeks and canals that open to estuarine areas. Like the yellowfin menhaden, this species is known from lake habitats in the St. John’s River basin.

Status & distribution

  • Status — Marine invader
  • Florida Distribution — Atlantic Coast
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