Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Clupeiformes > Family: Clupeidae > Genus: Alosa > Species: Alosa sapidissima

American shad - Alosa sapidissima (Wilson, 1811)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Not evaluated (IUCN)
Reported as invasive by NOBANIS

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.


Least Concern


Not evaluated


Not evaluated

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Not listed in legal texts

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Allaccia americana Italian Fishbase
Alosa amerykanska a. zlotosledz Polish Fishbase
Alose canadienne French Fishbase
Alose savoureuse French Fishbase
American shad English Fishbase
Americka lojka Serbian Fishbase
Amerikaanse elft Dutch Fishbase
Amerikanischer Maifisch German Fishbase
Amerikankantasilli Finnish Fishbase
Amerikansk shad Norwegian Fishbase
Amerikansk shad Swedish Fishbase
Hering american Romanian Fishbase
Sábalo americano Spanish Fishbase
Sável-americano Portuguese Fishbase
Shad Swedish Fishbase
Synonym Author
Clupea indigena Mitchill, 1814
Alosa praestabilis DeKay, 1842
Clupea sapidissima Wilson, 1811

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
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ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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