© 1988

The Eurasian Huchen, Hucho hucho

Largest Salmon of the World

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Part of the Perspectives in Vertebrate Science book series (PIVS, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. J. Holčík, K. Hensel, J. Nieslanik, L. Skácel
    Pages 1-40
  3. J. Holčík, K. Hensel, J. Nieslanik, L. Skácel
    Pages 41-60
  4. J. Holčík, K. Hensel, J. Nieslanik, L. Skácel
    Pages 61-141
  5. J. Holčík, K. Hensel, J. Nieslanik, L. Skácel
    Pages 142-167
  6. J. Holčík, K. Hensel, J. Nieslanik, L. Skácel
    Pages 168-205
  7. J. Holčík, K. Hensel, J. Nieslanik, L. Skácel
    Pages 206-208
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 209-239

About this book


The need to gather available data on the Eurasien huchen - an important salmonid species - has been forced by a plain and, unfortunately, common fact of our times: the numbers and distribution of this biggest of salmonids have begun to decline and its range has begun to shrink. A seminar on the huchen - the European form of the species Hucha hucha - held in Zilina in February 1973 as a result of a suggestion of the Section for the Conservation of Fauna of the Slovak Zoological Society, indicated very clearly the sad situation. Data on the biology of the huchen are regrettably scarce despite several recent papers (Ivaska 1951, Svetina 1962, Prawochenski and Kolder 1968) with the aim of filling this gap. Supposing that without a thorough knowledge it is practically impossible to conserve any plant or animal species, the participants of the seminar concluded that the existing knowledge on the huchen should be compiled in an exhaustive monograph. The first such outline originated in 1977 under the authorship of J. Holcik, K. Hensel and L. Skacel, and was submitted as a research report to some of the central authorities. Even during the compilation of the report it became evident, however, that there is no difference between the huchen and its relative, the taimen. Consequently, we immediately began revising our first report, which took over three years.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Eurasian Huchen, Hucho hucho
  • Book Subtitle Largest Salmon of the World
  • Authors J. Holcík
    K. Hensel
    J. Nieslanik
    L. Skácel
  • Series Title Perspectives in Vertebrate Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-6193-643-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-7890-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-3093-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 240
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Animal Systematics/Taxonomy/Biogeography
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I highly recommend the book to those interested in  salmonids, for zoologists involved with the specialized areas of the  book, and for libraries. It delivers a sound message - to save the  huchen - and serves a valuable function in bringing together the  extensive literature of this species of superlatives.   Copeia, 2, 1991