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Atlantic Thread Herring

Opisthonema oglinum


Illustration of an Atlantic thread herring

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


Coastal waters 


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

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles