Atlantic Thread Herring

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Atlantic Thread Herring: Opisthonema oglinum

Appearance:

  • Dark blue-gray back, silvery sides and a white belly
  • Last dorsal fin ray is elongated

Similar Species: American shad, A. sapidissima; and threadfin shad, D. petenense 

Size: Up to 12 inches 

Habitat:

Coastal waters 

Behavior:

Filter-feed on plankton and eat small fishes, crabs and shrimp.

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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