Salvelinus inframundus Regan, 1909
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Family:  Salmonidae (Salmonids), subfamily: Salmoninae
Max. size:  22 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Europe: Orkney Islands (Heldale Water, Hoy Island), Scotland in UK (Loch Meallt, Isle of Skye). Considered extirpated on Orkney Islands since at least 1908, but no recent confirmation. This or a similar species has recently been found in Loch Meallt.
Diagnosis:  Distinguished from congeners in British Isles by the following combination of characters: mouth subterminal, lower jaw shorter than upper; blunt snout; steel-grey flank, belly white to pinkish or bright orange; flank with numerous whitish spots, mainly in upper half of body; pectoral and anal fins orange-brown to orange-red, pelvic to cherry-red, with white anterior margin (weakly in pectorals); pectoral fin about 2/3 of head length (Ref. 59043).
Biology:  Occurs in a small eutrophic lake with depth of up to 3 m. Feeds on sticklebacks, molluscs and insect larvae. Attains a maximum size of up to about 22 cm SL (Ref. 59043).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 01 January 2008 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 10.08.98
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 12.07.10

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