Becker, George C. / Fishes of Wisconsin
Smelt family - osmeridae, pp. 377-384 PDF (3.4 MB)
Smelt Family- Osmeridae One species of smelt occurs in Wisconsin waters, introduced from Michigan when that state brought in smelt to provide food for salmon that were being stocked at the same time. The salmon perished, but the smelt prospered. The smelt family is essentially a marine family, and in the United States and Canada it includes nine species in six genera (Robins et al. 1980). All are Arctic or North Temperate. The smelts are small, slender, silvery predacious fishes with thin, elon- gated bodies and large mouths. Teeth are either well developed or weakly developed on the jaws, the tongue, and the roof of the mouth. The scales are thin and cycloid. An adipose fin is present, but a pelvic axillary process is absent. 377
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