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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Osmeriformes
Family: Osmeridae Smelts

Genus: Osmerus

(See list of species below)



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4 species (see list below)

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Photo by Svensen, R.

North Atlantic
Max. Length 45 cm TL
Osmerus eperlanus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Svensen, R.
 
Osmerus eperlanus
[European smelt]

Photo by Bull. U.S. Bur. Fish.

North Pacific and Arctic
Max. Length 34 cm SL
Osmerus mordax dentex Steindachner & Kner, 1870

Photo by Bull. U.S. Bur. Fish.
 
Osmerus mordax dentex
[Arctic rainbow smelt]

Photo by Lyons, J.

North Atlantic
Max. Length 35.6 cm TL
Osmerus mordax mordax (Mitchill, 1814)

Photo by Lyons, J.
 
Osmerus mordax mordax
[Rainbow smelt]

Photo by Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada

North America
Max. Length 17 cm TL
Osmerus spectrum Cope, 1870

Photo by Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada
 
Osmerus spectrum
[Pigmy smelt]
4 Species of Family Osmeridae with Genus Osmerus
(Smelts)
Sort by: Species Length Year
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Year Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
1758 Osmerus eperlanus European smelt North Atlantic 45 TL
1870 Osmerus mordax dentex Arctic rainbow smelt North Pacific and Arctic 34 SL
1814 Osmerus mordax mordax Rainbow smelt North Atlantic 35.6 TL
1870 Osmerus spectrum Pigmy smelt North America 17 TL



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