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Subject: Re: Atlantic Salmon Information
From: Don McAllister <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 2 May 1997 16:14:03 -0400
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Gary Christofferson wrote:
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> Can someone please tell if Atlantic Salmon are trout or salmon.

Atlantic salmon belong to the same genus as brown trout, Salmo.
Pacific salmon, rainbow trout and cutthroat trout, and relatives are now
in the genus Oncorhynchus.

So "trout" are not a natural group in the salmonids or salmon family.
There are also sea trout and various other "trout" species which are not
salmonids at all.  Common names are not a good guide to relationships.

don

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