Mallotus villosus

Common Name

Capelin

Year Described

Müller, 1776

Identification

Dorsal Fin: 12-14
Anal Fin: 17-22
Pectoral Fin: 18-20
Pelvic Fin: 8
Gill Rakers: 33-44
Lateral Line Scales: 170-220
Vertebrae: 64-70

Pelvic fin expanded. Adipose fin present.

Color

Gray to olive dorsally, grading to white on the belly. A bright silvery stripe on the side. Fins transparent to yellowish.

Size

Maximum size to 20cm SL.

Habitat

Inshore marine, often in brackish and entering freshwater. Forms large schools. Spawning individuals occur closer inshore and in estuaries.

Range Map

 Range Map

Range

Greenland to Canada and the Gulf of Maine. Also Hudson Bay.

References

Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, (02/2014)

Whitehead, P.J.P. , M.-L. Bauchot, J.-C. Hureau, J.G. Nielsen and E. Tortonese. 1986. Fishes of the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Vol. I-III. UNESCO. Fishes of the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. http://species-identification.org.