Alosa mediocris
(Mitchill 1814)
Family Clupeidae

Lateral view of a hickory shad
The hickory shad pictured above was collected in Volusia County, Florida in 2016. It is now part of the Florida Museum ichthyology collection, UF 238450. Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

The hickory shad is a member of the herring family, and has a lower jaw the projects beyond the snout and between 18 and 23 rakers on the lower limb of the first gill arch. It is a marine species that lives along the Atlantic Coast, and it ascends the St. John’s River in spring and fall.

Status & distribution

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