Skipjack Herring (Alosa chrysochloris)

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The Skipjack Herring is found along the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida, as well as north in the Mississippi River Basin to Minnesota. This migratory species is found in medium and large rivers and is occasionally found in marine waters, but is in decline due to the construction of dams. This fish is a host for several species of mussels, meaning that larval mussels must attach to the fish to transform into a juvenile mussel. The decline of these species of mussels may be due to the decline of Skipjack Herrings.