Coregonus gutturosus

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Lake Constance whitefish

Extinct  (yes) (IUCN 2.3[1]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Salmoniformes
Family: Salmonidae
Genus: Coregonus
Species: C. gutturosus
Binomial name
Coregonus gutturosus
(C. C. Gmelin (de), 1818)

Coregonus gutturosus, the Lake Constance whitefish, is an extinct species of whitefish in the salmon family Salmonidae.[2] It was formerly found only in deep areas of Lake Constance in the Alps.[3]


Coregonus gutturosus was a deep water whitefish that reached a length of 29 cm (11 in). Coregonus gutturosus was highly sensitive to environmental changes and it is thought that the eutrophication of Lake Constance, which peaked in 1979, irreversibly affected the development of the eggs of the species.

Surveys undertaken in the last ten years failed to find any evidence of the survival of the Lake Constance whitefish, as well as of the Lake Constance Deepwater char (Salvelinus profundus), another similarly endemic fish species driven recently to extinction in that lake.[4]


  1. ^ "Coregonus gutturosus". International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Coregonus gutturosus". FishBase. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Maurice Kottelat: European Freshwater Fishes; Cornol 2007. ISBN 978-2-8399-0298-4
  4. ^ Red List - Volume 1: Vertebrates (2009) - General assessment for the vertebrate groups