The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

2016 Edition
| Editors: Igor S. Zonn, Andrey G. Kostianoy, Aleksandr V. Semenov

Yakut Char (Salvelinus jacuticus)

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Yakut Char (Salvelinus jacuticus) – an endemic form of the lakes in the region of Neelova Gulf (the Lena Delta). The length rarely reaches 35–40 cm and the weight 450 g; usually they are 30 cm and 100 g, respectively. There possibly are two forms, the large and the small one. The body is dark with tiny (less than a diameter of an eye pupil) round pink or orange spots. The fins are red; there are transverse stripes on the sides. The maturity starts at the age of 6–8 years old. Spawning period is in August–September. The fish feeds on maggots of chironomids and flying insects. It is not important for trade and industry.

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