Alosa tanaica

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Alosa tanaica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Clupeiformes
Family: Clupeidae
Genus: Alosa
Species: A. tanaica
Binomial name
Alosa tanaica
(Grimm, 1901)

Clupea tanaica Grimm, 1901
Alosa caspia tanaica (Grimm, 1901)
Alosa nordmanni Antipa, 1904
Alosa bulgarica Drensky, 1934
Caspialosa palaeostomica Sadowsky, 1934

Alosa tanaica, called in English the Azov shad or Black Sea shad, is a species of clupeid fish endemic to the Ponto-Caspian basin. It is an anadromous species, spawning in the lower reaches of rivers.[1] It is widespread in the eastern Black Sea, the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov.

Note that the same common names (Black Sea shad, Azov shad) are connected also to another species, Alosa maeotica.[2]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Alosa tanaica" in FishBase. April 2006 version.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Alosa maeotica" in FishBase. April 2006 version.