|Atlantic thread herring|
It has a dark blue-gray back, silvery sides, a white belly, and a small head. It grows up to 38 cm in length. It can be found in shallow waters and harbors along the coasts of the western Atlantic Ocean, from Cape Cod south to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico. It feeds mainly on plankton, but also takes small fish and crustaceans.
Atlantic thread herring has a slightly milder taste than most species of herring; it can be served raw, pickled, or cooked.
They are taken by anglers for use as bait or for personal consumption.