American smelt

Order: 
Salmoniformes
Family: 
Osmeridae

Euryhaline fish (marine and freshwater) with regularly ossified skeleton. Body elongate, laterally compressed. Head rather pointed; eye moderately large; snout elongate, pointed. Mouth large; lower jaw prominent, teeth in lower jaw larger than those in upper, strong teeth on tongue and canines on vomer. Dorsal fin origin in front of pelvic fin bases. It has anal and pectoral fins. Caudal fin forked. Body color is pale green on back, with purple, blue, and pink iridescent reflections on the side when freshly caught. Maximum total lenght: 35.6 cm.

International Designations

Germany: 
Amerikanischer Stint
France: 
Eperlan d’Amérique
Italy: 
Sperlano
Portugal: 
Eperlano arco-íris
UK: 
American smelt
Japan: 
Kyuri-uo
Fishing gears: 
Pots traps
FAO code: 
SMR
Scientific name: 
Osmerus mordax
Type: 
Blue fish
Fishing areas: 
Area 2: America, North - Inland waters
Area 18: the Arctic Ocean
Area 21: the Northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 61: the Northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
Area 67: the Northeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
Global production (Tons): 
1742