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  • snout bulbous, fleshy, overhangs mouth
    Dorosoma cepedianum, American gizzard shad, Gizzard shad
    A 25-36
    lateral scales 52-70
  • snout pointed, not overhanging mouth
    black shoulder spot
    Dorosoma petenense, Threadfin shad
    A 17-25
    lateral scales 41-48