Dorosoma anale

Common Name

Mexican Gizzard Shad

Year Described

Meek, 1904


Dorsal Fin: 10-13
Anal Fin: 29-38
Pectoral Fin:
Pelvic Fin: 7-8 (6-7 branched)
Vertebrae: 43-48
Lateral Line Scales: 73-78
Ventral Scutes: 28-29
Gill Rakers:

Mouth subterminal. Snout protruding and rounded. Dorsal fin with a filamentous final ray.


Bright silvery body with a bluish-black back. Often with a golden sheen when fresh. A dark blotch posterior to the upper gill cover on lateral line. Fins dusky. Eye golden.


Maximum size to 20cm TL.


A freshwater species found in deep river basins, satellite streams and lagoons. Salinity tolerance not known.


Rio Usamacinta drainage, Mexico.


Whitehead, P.J.P. 1985. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 7. Clupeoid fishes of the world (suborder Clupeioidei). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of the herrings, sardines, pilchards, sprats, shads, anchovies and wolf-herrings. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(7/1):1-303. Rome: FAO.

Other Notes

Included as this species is closely related to the other marine species in the genus Dorosoma.