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Family: Osmeridae Smelts



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Allosmerus elongatus Whitebait smelt Northeast Pacific 22.9 TL 1854
Hypomesus japonicus Northwest Pacific 25 TL 1856
Hypomesus nipponensis Japanese smelt Asia 17 TL 1963
Hypomesus olidus Pond smelt Arctic, Northwest to Nort 20 TL 1814
Hypomesus pretiosus Surf smelt Eastern Pacific 30.5 TL 1854
Hypomesus transpacificus Delta smelt North America 12 TL 1963
Mallotus villosus Capelin Circumpolar in the Arctic 25.2 TL 1776
Osmerus dentex Pacific rainbow smelt North Pacific and Arctic 34 SL 1870
Osmerus eperlanus European smelt North Atlantic 45 TL 1758
Osmerus mordax Rainbow smelt North Atlantic 35.6 TL 1814
Osmerus spectrum Pigmy smelt North America 17 TL 1870
Spirinchus lanceolatus Northwest Pacific 70 TL 1913
Spirinchus starksi Night smelt Northeast Pacific 23 TL 1913
Spirinchus thaleichthys Longfin smelt North Pacific 20 TL 1860
Thaleichthys pacificus Eulachon North Pacific 34 TL 1836



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