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Set B7 - Freshwater Fish - card information

27. Rainbow Trout
(Salmo irideus)

27. Rainbow Trout

This beautiful species of Trout was introduced in Europe from North America, and is found in a few landlocked clear lakes in several parts of the British Isles. It has not remained in the rivers, and has also disappeared mysteriously from many lakes. It can be distinguished from the Brown Trout by the red 'rainbow' band on its sides, with red blotches; the tail is slightly forked, and covered with many dark spots. The largest angled* in Britain weighed 8½ lbs., but much larger specimens have been caught in Australia.
*up to 1958.