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Illustration by Meriwether Lewis from American Philosophical Society
Eulachon
(Candle Fish)

Thaleichthys pacificus



First Noted by Expedition
February 24, 1806, at Fort Clatsop, Oregon.
 

Description
Blue gray upper half with silvery white sides and belly; small dark spots on its back. Long and thin with a large mouth and skinny head. The average adult length is about 8 in (22 cm).
 

Habitat
Near shore, in coastal inlets and rivers. Spawns in freshwater in early spring.
 

Range
Pacific Ocean from the coast of Oregon to the coast of Alaska
 

Note
By inserting a wick into the mouth of these oil-rich fish, the dried fish could be used as candles.
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