The first recorded use of salmon as a color name in English was in 1776.
The actual color of salmon flesh varies from almost white to deep pink, depending on their levels of the carotenoidastaxanthin due to how rich a diet of krill and shrimp the fish feeds on; salmon raised on fish farms are given artificial coloring in their food.
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The color light salmon is displayed at right. This is a color that resembles the color salmon, but is lighter, not to be confused with Dark Salmon, which resembles Salmon Pink but is darker than Salmon Pink and much darker than light salmon.