Salmo peristericus

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Salmo peristericus
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Salmoniformes
Family: Salmonidae
Genus: Salmo
Species: S. peristericus
Binomial name
Salmo peristericus
S. L. Karaman, 1938

Salmo peristericus, or the Prespa trout[1] is a variety of trout, a freshwater fish in the Salmonidae family. It is endemic to the Lake Prespa watershed at the border area of Greece and the Republic of Macedonia.[2][1]

Four populations are known: one in the Agios Germanos stream in north-western Greece, and the others in the Brajcinska and Kranska rivers and the Leva Reka stream of Macedonia.[1]

The Prespa trout is morphologically difficult to separate from other trouts of the region.[1] Genetic data show it is close to and derived from the Adriatic lineage of brown trout, and do not support a distinct species status.[3] Nevertheless its protection as an Evolutionary Significant Unit is justified regardless of the taxonomic status.[1][3]

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