Due to the rarity of this species, the shad (Alosa fallax) is subject to substantial legal protection.
British record: 2lb 12oz (British record committee 2015)
Lifespan: 4 to 7 years
Appearance: Twaith shad are very similar to Allis shad. They are members of the herring family and enter freshwater only to spawn. They have a silvery flattened typical fish-shaped body. The Twaite shad has a more darkened back than the Allis shad. A thin fatty membrane covering the front and rear parts of the eye and the lower jaw fits into a notch in the upper jaw. They have a deeply forked tail with large scales at the base. Twaite Shad have a number of dark spots behind the gill cover, sometimes up to 10 spots. They have an anal fin ray count of 19-23.
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Last date edited: 8 August 2016