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  • Castor canadensis

    American beaver

    The beaver has a brown pelt. Its hind feet are webbed. It has a broad, flat, scaly tail and prominent long, orange incisors.

    Class
    Mammalia
    Order
    Rodents
    Family
    Castoridae
  • Botaurus lentiginosus

    American bittern

    This species is no longer at the Biodôme.

    Class
    Birds
    Order
    Ciconiiformes
    Family
    Ardeidae (herons)
  • Homarus americanus

    American lobster

    The American lobster has 10 legs, the first two ending in enormous claws. The left claw is usually bigger and is used for crushing food, while the right one is used for tearing.

    Class
    Crustacea
    Order
    Decapoda
    Family
    Nephropidae
  • Alosa sapidissima

    American shad

    American shads are in fact an anadromous type of herring (Alosa sp.), i.e. they spend most of their time at sea but must return to freshwater to spawn.

    Class
    Osteichthyes (bony fish)
    Order
    Acari
    Family
    Clupeidae
  • Hippoglossus hippoglossus

    Atlantic halibut

    Atlantic halibut is a laterally compressed flatfish. Its body is dark or greenish brown on top and cream-coloured underneath.

    Class
    Osteichthyes (bony fish)
    Order
    Pleuronectiformes
    Family
    Pleuronectidae
  • Scomber scombrus

    Atlantic mackerel

    The Atlantic mackerel has a thin, tapered body. There are 23 to 33 dark, wavy lines across the upper part of its steel blue back. Its belly is silvery white.

    Class
    Osteichthyes (bony fish)
    Order
    Perciformes
    Family
    Scombridae
  • Fratercula arctica

    Atlantic puffin

    The Atlantic puffin has a black back, white chest, white on the sides of its head and orangish feet. Because of its large colourful bill, it is sometimes called a sea parrot.

    Class
    Birds
    Order
    Charadriiformes
    Family
    Alcidae
  • Rock crab (Cancer irroratus) and polar sea star (Leptasterias polaris).

    Atlantic rock crab

    The rock crab has a flat, oval, purple or brick-red body. There are nine points on each side of the anterior part of its carapace.

    Class
    Crustacea
    Order
    Decapoda
    Family
    Cancridae
  • Menidia menidia

    Atlantic silverside

    The Atlantic silverside is a small, elongated fish.  It has silvery sides and a translucent green back.

    Class
    Osteichthyes (bony fish)
    Order
    Atheriniforma
    Family
    cathartiformes
  • Acipenser oxyrinchus

    Atlantic sturgeon

    The Atlantic sturgeon has a long, pointed, upturned snout, with four barbels in front of the mouth, on the underside. It has five rows of bony plates on the back and sides.

    Class
    Osteichthyes (bony fish)
    Order
    Acipenseriformes
    Family
    Acipenseridae

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