Oncorhynchus nerka

Oncorhynchus nerka
Sockeye Salmon – Oncorhynchus nerka
Photo Credit: Dave Neely
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
SalmonidaeOncorhynchus nerka(Walbaum)1792Sockeye Salmon

Oncorhynchus nerka

Unique Characters: Body and fins with no distinct spots.  Only documented from Nantahala Reservoir.

Similar Species:

Rainbow Trout
Oncorhynchus mykiss

Brown Trout
Salmo trutta

Brook Trout
Salvelinus fontinalis

Oncorhynchus mykiss
Rainbow Trout- Oncorhynchus mykiss
Salmo trutta
Brown Trout – Salmo trutta

Rainbow Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss. Small, dark spots on head, body, and most fins. Pinkish to red stripe on the sides. Adipose fin black-edged.

Brown Trout Salmo trutta. Large dark spots on body edged with orange and with red an orange spots on the sides. No dark spots in caudal fin.

Brook Trout Salvelinus fontinalis. Light spots on body, wormlike markings on the back, and pectoral, pelvic, and anal fins have a white edge.

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