Coomsaharn char

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Coomsaharn char
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Salmoniformes
Family: Salmonidae
Genus: Salvelinus
S. fimbriatus
Binomial name
Salvelinus fimbriatus
Regan, 1908[2]

The Coomsaharn char (Salvelinus fimbriatus; the spellings Coomasaharn and charr are also used; Irish: ruabhreac Chom Sathairn) is a species of lacustrine char fish in the family Salmonidae.[3]

It is only located in Lough Coomsaharn, County Kerry, Ireland.[4][5]

Coomsaharn char is located in island of Ireland
Coomsaharn char
Location of Lough Coomsaharn in Ireland



The English word "char[r]" is thought to derive from Old Irish ceara/cera meaning "[blood] red,"[6] referring to its pink-red underside.[7][8] This would also connect with its Welsh name torgoch, "red belly."[9]

Lough Coomsaharn (/ˌkməˈsæhərən/) derives its name from the Irish Com Sathairn, "hollow of Saturday(?)".[10]


Salvelinus fimbriatus spawns in November/December and feeds on zooplankton. It is distinguished from other Salvelinus in Ireland by large eyes,[11] having 27–30 gill rakers, with 16–20 on the lower part (hence the species name fimbriatus, "fringed").[12] Also, its body depth is 20–25% of snout length, the snout is conical, and the lower jaw is not included in the upper one; an adaptation that helps it to feed on plankton.[13]


The Coomsaharn char are a remnant fish of the Last Ice Age.[14]


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  10. ^ "Com Sathairn/Coomasaharn".
  11. ^ MacMahon, Alexander Francis Magri (27 February 2018). "Fishlore: British Freshwater Fishes". Penguin Books – via Google Books.
  12. ^ Cullen, P.; McCarthy, T. K.; Doherty, D. (2007). "The Coomasaharn char, a morphometrically highly specialised form of Salvelinus alpinus in Ireland". Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 16: 41–46. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0633.2006.00163.x.
  13. ^ Cullen, P; Mccarthy, T; Doherty, D (1 March 2007). "The Coomasaharn char, a morphometrically highly specialised form of Salvelinus alpinus in Ireland". Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 16: 41–46. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0633.2006.00163.x – via ResearchGate.
  14. ^ "Ireland - Lake Coomasaharn".

Coordinates: 51°59′32″N 9°59′48″W / 51.992106°N 9.996643°W / 51.992106; -9.996643