Atlantic rainbow smelt

The rainbow smelt, Osmerus mordax, is an anadromous species of fish inhabiting rivers and coastal areas of North America from New Jersey to Labrador on the east coast and from Vancouver Island to the Arctic Ocean on the west coast.

Other common names are Atlantic rainbow smelt, smelt, American smelt, freshwater smelt, Atlantic smelt, leefish, and frostfish. This fish is one of two members of the smelt family found in Atlantic Canada. The other member found here is capelin. More

Pacific) and the Atlantic rainbow smelt (Great Lakes, north Atlantic, north Pacific, Mississippi River) number among them. What’s cool about smelt? Well, the chilly northern waters they live in, for one. (Hyuck!) Their cucumber-y scent when they’re fresh, for another. (Cool as a cucumber. More

), Atlantic rainbow smelt (Osmerus mordax), American eel (Anguilla rostrata), Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), and temperate basses (Morone spp.). Many seasonal birds pass through this ecoregion as part of the Atlantic migratory flyway. More

Order : Osmeriformes
Family : Osmeridae
Genus : Osmerus
Species : Osmerus mordax
Authority : Mitchill, 1814