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Family: Osmeridae Smelts



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15 species (see list below)

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Photo by Fritzsche, R.A./J.W. Cavanagh

Northeast Pacific
Max. Length 22.9 cm TL
Allosmerus elongatus (Ayres, 1854)

Photo by Fritzsche, R.A./J.W. Cavanagh
 
Allosmerus elongatus
[Whitebait smelt]

Photo by Vasilets, P.

Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 25 cm TL
Hypomesus japonicus (Brevoort, 1856)

Photo by Vasilets, P.
 
Hypomesus japonicus
[]

Photo by Senou, H.

Asia
Max. Length 17 cm TL
Hypomesus nipponensis McAllister, 1963

Photo by Senou, H.
 
Hypomesus nipponensis
[Japanese smelt]

Photo by Kim, I.-S.

Arctic, Northwest to Nort
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Hypomesus olidus (Pallas, 1814)

Photo by Kim, I.-S.
 
Hypomesus olidus
[Pond smelt]

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

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 30.5 cm TL
Hypomesus pretiosus (Girard, 1854)

Photo by Bull. U.S. Bur. Fish.
 
Hypomesus pretiosus
[Surf smelt]

Photo by The Native Fish Conservancy

North America
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Hypomesus transpacificus McAllister, 1963

Photo by The Native Fish Conservancy
 
Hypomesus transpacificus
[Delta smelt]

Photo by Armesto, A.

Circumpolar in the Arctic
Max. Length 25.2 cm TL
Mallotus villosus (Müller, 1776)

Photo by Armesto, A.
 
Mallotus villosus
[Capelin]

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
[Pacific 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]
No picture found
Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 70 cm TL

 
Spirinchus lanceolatus
[]

Photo by Fritzsche, R.A./J.W. Cavanagh

Northeast Pacific
Max. Length 23 cm TL
Spirinchus starksi (Fisk, 1913)

Photo by Fritzsche, R.A./J.W. Cavanagh
 
Spirinchus starksi
[Night smelt]

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

North Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Spirinchus thaleichthys (Ayres, 1860)

Photo by Bull. U.S. Bur. Fish.
 
Spirinchus thaleichthys
[Longfin smelt]

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

North Pacific
Max. Length 34 cm TL
Thaleichthys pacificus (Richardson, 1836)

Photo by Bull. U.S. Bur. Fish.
 
Thaleichthys pacificus
[Eulachon]
15 Species of Family Osmeridae
(Smelts)
Sort by: Species Length Year
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Year Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
1854 Allosmerus elongatus Whitebait smelt Northeast Pacific 22.9 TL
1856 Hypomesus japonicus Northwest Pacific 25 TL
1963 Hypomesus nipponensis Japanese smelt Asia 17 TL
1814 Hypomesus olidus Pond smelt Arctic, Northwest to Nort 20 TL
1854 Hypomesus pretiosus Surf smelt Eastern Pacific 30.5 TL
1963 Hypomesus transpacificus Delta smelt North America 12 TL
1776 Mallotus villosus Capelin Circumpolar in the Arctic 25.2 TL
1758 Osmerus eperlanus European smelt North Atlantic 45 TL
1870 Osmerus mordax dentex Pacific 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
1913 Spirinchus lanceolatus Northwest Pacific 70 TL
1913 Spirinchus starksi Night smelt Northeast Pacific 23 TL
1860 Spirinchus thaleichthys Longfin smelt North Pacific 20 TL
1836 Thaleichthys pacificus Eulachon North Pacific 34 TL



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