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In the Connecticut River watershed, the alewife floater (Anodonta implicata) relies on anadromous fishes, American shad (Alosa sapidissima), alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus), and blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis), as hosts.
River herring is a term that is loosely used for Alewife and Blueback herring of the family Alosa pseudoharengus.