Sudis hyalina

Common Name

Pale Pike Smelt

Year Described

Rafinesque, 1810


Dorsal Fin: 13
Anal Fin: 21-23
Pectoral Fin: 14-15
Pelvic Fin: 9
Lateral Line: 51-77
Vertebrae: 59-60

Lateral line sections with 4-7 pores above and below midline of scale.


Body lightly pigmented with most pigment concentrated on head, dorsum, and on caudal peduncle. Peritoneum black, with 7-8 sections in adults and 9 in post-larva.


Maximum size in adults to 40cm SL. Post-larva only around 50mm SL.


Mesopelagic to bathypelagic from 200-2000m.


Scattered records from off Newfoundland to S. Brazil. W. Atlantic records are of post-larval specimens.


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Rofen, R.R. In: Anderson, W.W., R.H. Gibbs, F.H. Berry, W.A. Gosline, J.E. Bohlke, N.B. Marshall, R.L. Bolin, G.W. Mead, J.W. Gehringer, R.R. Rofen, and N.J. Wilimovsky. 1966. Fishes of the Western North Atlantic. Part 5. Iniomi and Lyomeri. Memoir No. 1. Sears Foundation for Marine Research; Yale University, New Haven, CT. 647 pp., 220 plates.