Hickory shad are gray or green above with a silvery side, large prominent scales, a horizontal row of dark spots behind the gill cover, and a deeply forked tail. They are most similar to American shad and blueback herring, which have a lower jaw that is equal or only slightly projecting beyond the upper jaw. Gizzard and threadfin shad both have an elongated ray in the dorsal fin.
Scientific Name: Alosa mediocris
Adult size: 13-24 inches
Distribution: Runs up Atlantic coast rivers to spawn in the spring; an introduced population exists in Lake Hartwell
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