Alosa vistonica

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Alosa vistonica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Clupeiformes
Family: Clupeidae
Genus: Alosa
Species: A. vistonica
Binomial name
Alosa vistonica
Economidis & Sinis, 1986

Alosa vistonica is a species of shad, a freshwater fish in the Clupeidae family. It is endemic to a single shallow lake, Lake Vistonida in Greece. It is classified as critically endangered (CR)[1] and is threatened by sewage, industrial effluents, destruction of spawning sites by agricultural development and increased salinity following the opening of a canal into the sea.[2] It has been suspected to be extinct already.[1]

Short description[edit]

A. vistonica reaches a maximum length of 17 cm (SL). It is distinguished from other members of its genus entering freshwater of the Mediterranean basin by having 78-97 gill rakers and well-developed teeth on the palatine and vomer, especially in juveniles.[2]

See also: Killarney shad


  1. ^ a b c Crivelli, A.J. (2006). "Alosa vistonica". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2014). "Alosa vistonica" in FishBase. January 2014 version.

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