Alosa chrysochloris
Alosa chrysochloris
(Skipjack Herring)
Native Transplant
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Alosa chrysochloris (Rafinesque, 1820)

Common name: Skipjack Herring

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Identification: Becker (1983); Whitehead (1985); Page and Burr (1991); Etnier and Starnes (1993).

Size: 53 cm.

Native Range: Red River drainage (Hudson Bay basin) and Mississippi River basin from central Minnesota south to the Gulf of Mexico, and from southwestern Pennsylvania west to eastern South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas; Gulf Slope drainages from the Apalachicola River, Florida, to the Colorado River, Texas (Page and Burr 1991).

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Nonindigenous Occurrences: Skipjack herring were collected above the falls of the Kanawha drainage in West Virginia prior to 1993 (Stauffer et al. 1995).

Skipjack herring were recently collected in Lake Michigan in Wisconsin (Fago 1993). The first collection was a single fish taken in Green Bay north of Dyckeysville, Kewaunee County on 2 August 1989. A second fish was caught in Lake Michigan just east of Kenosha, Kenosha County in January of 1991. A third was caught east of Bailey's Harbor near the outlet of Moonlight Bay in Door County (Fago 1993).

Means of Introduction: The herring likely gained access to Lake Michigan via the Chicago Shipping Canal (Fago 1993). Unknown in West Virginia.

Status: Reported from Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Impact of Introduction: Unknown.

Remarks: The report of skipjack herring from Lake Erie was rejected by Trautman (1981).

Voucher specimens: Wisconsin (UWM 9962, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Monona, catalogue numbers 18070, 18071).

References: (click for full references)

Fago, D. 1993. Skipjack herring, Alosa chrysochloris, expanding its range into the Great Lakes. Canadian Field-Naturalist 107:352-353.

Page, L. M., and B. M. Burr. 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. The Peterson Field Guide Series, volume 42. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.

Stauffer, J. R., Jr., J. M. Boltz, and L. R. White. 1993. The fishes of West Virginia. West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. Unpublished manuscript. 1114 pp.

Other Resources:
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Author: Fuller, P.

Revision Date: 3/2/2009

Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016

Citation Information:
Fuller, P., 2018, Alosa chrysochloris (Rafinesque, 1820): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL,, Revision Date: 3/2/2009, Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016, Access Date: 1/22/2018

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