Common name : Eulachon, Hooligan, Oolichan, Ooligan

Scientific name : Thaleichthys pacificus

Family : Osmeridae

Native to : Pacific coast ofNorth America

Interesting fact : Due to its highfat-content, it can burn like a candle when dried.

Conservation status : Least Concern

The candlefish is blue to brown on the back and the top of the head and silvery-white on the sides. It can grow 15-20 cm in length. Feeding on plankton, fish eggs, insect larvae and small crustaceans, it lives in oceans but returns to rivers and freshwater streams to spawn and die. Their lifespan is 5 years.

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