Common whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandFound in a few estuaries and rivers off the Irish Sea from west England to south-west Scotland, with a notable populations in the river Eden, Cumbria and Llyn Tegid, Wales.
HabitatCoregonus lavaretus is an anadromous species inhabiting waters of very low salinity. It is a demersal species prefering cooler deeper waters.
- Silvery white member of the salmon family.
- Up to 73 cm in length.
- Forked tail fin.
- Distinctly small mouth.
- Caudal fin with 19 soft rays.
Additional informationThe few remaining UK populations are under considerable threat from a variety of problems including pollution, eutrophication and competition from introduced species including Gymnocephalus cernuus (IUCN, 2003).
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Last Updated: 25/03/2008