Herrings

Herrings

Herrings are small, laterally flattened represented in Kansas by three species, Gizzard Shad, Threadfin Shad and the Skipjack Herring. The Gizzard Shad and the Skipjack Herring are native to Kansas; while the Threadfinshad Shad has been intrduced many times to the state fish fauna with poor results.

The herrings have several distinct physical features that separate them from the other fishes: a single row of sawtooth scales called scutes occur along the belly, scaleless head, transparent eye covering that is termed an adipose eyelid, and an auxiliary process that is located at the base of the pelvic fin.

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