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Fish Species Description

American shad

Alosa sapidissima

(Wilson, 1811)


Order: Clupeiformes
Family: Clupeidae
Alternate Names: Atlantic shad, shad, white shad


Marine, brackish, freshwater

American shad Region Map


Basin Distribution in Georgia:

In Georgia, occurs in the St. Marys, Satilla, Ocmulgee, Oconee, Altamaha, Ogeechee, and Savannah River basins.

Additional Information from
Georgia Department of Natural Resources:

Species Conservation Map: Exit icon

DNR Species Conservation Status Map

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