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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Osmeriformes
Family: Osmeridae Smelts

Genus: Osmerus

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

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



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

Photo by Photo by Meyer, T.
 
Osmerus eperlanus
[European smelt]



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

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



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

Photo by Photo by Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada
 
Osmerus spectrum
[Pigmy smelt]



4 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
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



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