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Smelt

  

Family: Osmeridae - Smelts

Distribution and Habitat

N=Native, I=Introduced (exotic), X=Extinct, P=Extirpated

Image/Link Scientific Name Common Name Lake Superior Lake Michigan

Lake Huron

Lake Erie Lake Ontario Habitat
rainbow smelt Osmerus mordax rainbow smelt I I I I I euryhaline/stream/creek/river/littoral/pelagic

Table modified from "The Life of the Lakes: A Guide to the Great Lakes Fishery" MI Sea Grant Extension, Michigan State University.

Note: this species is native to North America, but not to the Great Lakes.

Species Profile

Osmerus mordax - rainbow smelt

Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Profile - Interactive Fishtank - Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Bird icon indicates a link to a non-GLERL NOAA siteProfile - WI Sea Grant
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Profile - Inland Fishes of New York
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Profile - Fish of Indiana
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Identifying Michigan Sport Fish - MI DNR
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Profile - Great Lakes Field Guide - A Superior Adventure - Bell Museum
Bird icon indicates a link to a non-GLERL NOAA siteScientific Profile - Fishes of Wisconsin
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Scientific Profile - University of Michigan Museum of Zoology
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Scientific Profile - USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database
GLANSIS

Introduced to Michigan's inland waters as food for stocked salmon in the 1900s, escaped to Lake Michigan. Maximum length 12 inches. Eat small fish and invertebrates, mostly insects.

rainbow smelt drawing

GLERL Waterlife Photo Gallery

Rainbow smelt photo

Bird icon indicates a link to a non-GLERL NOAA siteWI Sea Grant

More drawings/artwork:
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Inland Fishes of New York

More photos:
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Fish of Indiana
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.University of Michigan Museum of Zoology
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database

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