Alosa chrysochloris

Common Name

Skipjack Shad

Year Described

Rafinesque, 1820


Dorsal Fin: 16-21
Anal Fin: 18-21
Pectoral Fin: 15-17
Pelvic Fin: 9
Vertebrae: 53-55
Scales: 51-60 (transverse rows)
Ventral Scutes: 33-37
Gill Rakers: 20-24 (lower limb of first arch)


Back dark blue to green, becoming abruptly pale green to brassy on the sides and grading to white on the belly. No obvious spots. Tip of jaws dark. Dorsal and caudal fins yellowish to dusky. Rest of fins pale.


Gulf of Mexico: Texas to northwestern Florida.


Hildebrand, S.F. 1964. Engraulidae and Clupeidae (pp. 152-454). In: Fishes of the Western North Atlantic. Mem. Sears Fnd. Mar. Res. 1 (Vol. 3): 1-630.

Other Notes

A related species living on the east coast is Alosa mediocris.