Morphology Data of Salvelinus lepechini
Identification keys
Main Ref. Kottelat, M. and J. Freyhof, 2007
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Distinguished from congeners in Scandinavia and Russia by its maxilla clearly reaching beyond posterior margin of eye in adults. Can be also diagnosed by the combination of the following characters: length of maxilla about 9-11% SL; length of lower jaw about 13-20% SL; body depth about 18-24% SL; overall coloration outside spawning season dark, commonly greyish green above and bright orange or yellow on belly; spots usually bright orange; lips usually yellow, orange or pink (black in Lake Segozero); pectoral, pelvic and anal fins usually greyish red or orange, caudal fin with red or orange posterior edge and white or black lower margin (Ref. 59043).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Salvelinus lepechini

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin present

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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