Specimen Information

Dorosoma petenense
Dorosoma petenense
(Threadfin Shad)
Native Transplant

Specimen ID1403520
Common NameThreadfin Shad
LocalityUpper Mississippi-Cape Girardeau (HUC8) non-specific
Mapping AccuracyCentroid
Centroid TypeHUC8
HUC8 NameUpper Mississippi-Cape Girardeau
HUC8 Number07140105
Collection Year1975
Year AccuracyPublication Year
Potential Pathwaystocked for sport
Reference 1
Ref. Number:131
Author:Pflieger, W.L.
Title:The Fishes of Missouri.
Publisher:Missouri Department of Conservation.
Pages:343 pp
CommentsNative range of the threadfin shad is somewhat debated. Before 1945, the threadfin shad was found only in rivers and streams flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, from Florida to Mexico (Forbes and Richardson, 1920; Smith, 1979). Later, its range expanded northward (Trautman, 1981). In 1948, thread - fin shad were discovered in impoundments of the Tennessee River (Tennessee Valley Authority, 1954), and in 1957 the first Illinois specimens were collected from tributaries of the Ohio River (Minckley and Krumholz, 1960). An alternative opinion is that the threadfin shad was originally found as far south as Belize and was distributed northward into Gulf States as well as states bordering the lower Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, including Illinois and Missouri (Page and Burr, 1991).[Irons et al. 2009]
Record TypeLiterature


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