Salvelinus thingvallensis (Saemundsson, 1908)
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Family:  Salmonidae (Salmonids), subfamily: Salmoninae
Max. size:  24 cm SL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 17 years
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater; depth range 0 - 10 m
Distribution:  Europe: Lake Thingvalla, Iceland.
Diagnosis:  Distinguished from congeners in Iceland by the following characters: presence of parr marks in adults; flank dark brown with irregular golden or yellow spots, belly beige to yellowish, usually blackish markings on throat (not much difference between breeding and non-breeding coloration); pectoral fins black, other fins beige, caudal and dorsal fins with pale spots; snout blunt, rounded, about equal to eye diameter; mouth subinferior, upper jaw projecting (Ref. 59043).
Biology:  Inhabits shallow littoral zone, with water 0-10 m deep. A nocturnal species which hides between stones during the day. Feeds predominantly on snails, and to a lesser extend on benthic insects (Ref. 59043).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 January 2008 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 11.08.98
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 12.07.10

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