The top smelt, Atherinops affinis, and jack smelt are Pacific silversides of the family Atherinidae, which belong to a different order. The deep-sea smelts, family Bathylagidae, and herring smelts, family Argentinidae, are closely related to each other but also belong to a different order (Argentiniformes) they were formerly classed with the true smelts.
True smelts are classified in the phylum Chordata , subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Osmeriformes, family Osmeridae.
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