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Twaite shad, Alosa fallax
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Clupeiformes
Family: Clupeidae
Subfamily: Alosinae
  • Alosa Linck, 1790
  • Brevoortia Gill, 1861
  • Ethmalosa Regan, 1917
  • Ethmidium Thompson, 1916
  • Gudusia Fowler, 1911
  • Hilsa Regan, 1917
  • Tenualosa Fowler, 1934

The Alosinae, or the shads, are a subfamily of fishes in the herring family Clupeidae. The subfamily comprises seven genera worldwide, and about 30 species.

The shads are pelagic (open water) schooling fish, of which many are anadromous or even landlocked. Several species are of commercial importance, e.g. in the genus Alosa (river herrings), Brevoortia (menhadens), and Hilsa.

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