Jaws without distinct teeth: a single black spot behind the gills.

C. Alosa, Cuv. Reg. An. torn. ii. p. 319. Shad, Bowd. Brit. fr. wat. Pish. Draw. no. 27.


From two to three, sometimes four, feet.


(Form). Depth greater than in the last species, equalling rather more than one-fourth of the entire length: maxillaries rough at the edges, but without any distinct teeth: anal a little longer: in all other respects nearly similar: number of fin-rays,

D. 19; A. 26; C. 19, etc.; P. 15; V. 9.

(Colours). Resembling those of the C. Finta, but with rarely more than a single dusky spot behind the gills, which is always present.

This species abounds in the Severn, and is also occasionally, though rarely, taken in the Thames, in which last river it is called Allis. It is more esteemed for the table than the C. Finta: it also attains to a larger size, weighing from four to five, sometimes even as much as eight, pounds. Obs. Either this or the last species is the Chad of Jesse*.