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

Black-spined herring - Alosa kessleri (Grimm, 1887)

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Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 1 other international agreement
Natura 2000 sites 0 are designated for this species


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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.

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

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2007-2012 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Natura 2000 sites

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Beshenka Russian Fishbase
Black-spined herring English Fishbase
Blackback English Fishbase
Blacknose English Fishbase
Blackspine herring English Fishbase
Caspian anadromous shad English Fishbase
Kaspischer Schwarzrücken German Fishbase
Poluzalom Russian Fishbase
Zheleznitsa Russian Fishbase
Synonym Author
Caspialosa volgensis bergi Tanasiichuk, 1938
Caspialosa volgensis imitans Tanasiichuk, 1938
Clupeonella caspia volgensis Berg, 1913
Clupea kessleri Grimm, 1887
Alosa pontica kessleri (Grimm, 1887)
Clupea alosa (non Linnaeus, 1758)
Clupea piltschardus (non Walbaum, 1814)
Clupea pontica (non Eichwald, 1838)
Clupeonella kessleri (Grimm, 1887)
Caspialosa kessleri (Grimm, 1887)
Caspialosa caspia kessleri (Grimm, 1887)
Caspialosa caspia volgensis (non Berg)
Caspialosa kessleri kessleri (Grimm, 1887)
Caspialosa kessleri bergi Tanasiichuk, 1938
Caspialosa kessleri volgensis imitans Berg, 1948

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PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

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