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Set B7 - Freshwater Fish - card information

30. Smelt
(Osmerus eperlanus)

30. Smelt

The adipose finlet near the tail shows that this slender sea fish is related to the Salmon family. The back is greenish, the sides silvery, with a very short and incomplete lateral line. The large mouth reveals the Smelt as a voracious fish; it feeds on small fish, worms, prawns and shrimps. It enters estuaries in the Spring to spawn in fresh or brackish water, provided there is no pollution. Not to be confused with the Sand Smelt (Atherina), with two dorsal fins. No angling records, but the Smelt usually weighs about half a pound.