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Family Osmeridae--Smelt Family nonnative

Smelts are small, slender fishes with a large mouth, cycloid scales, a lateral line, an adipose fin and no spines in the fins. They eat crustaceans. The rainbow smelt became established in Lake Michigan in the 1930s.

rainbow smelt--Osmerus mordax [nonnative]

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