Salvelinus leucomaenis (Pallas, 1814)
Whitespotted char
Salvelinus leucomaenis
photo by Senou, H.

Family:  Salmonidae (Salmonids), subfamily: Salmoninae
Max. size:  120 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 15 kg; max. reported age: 9 years
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - 50 m, anadromous
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: Japan and northeastern Korean Peninsula through Sakhalin, the Kuril Islands to Kamchatka.
Biology:  The land-locked form prefers low temperature streams, below 15°C. Young of the sea-run form enter the sea at 2 years of age and return to the rivers for spawning when they are 4 years or older. Found in summertime water temperature of 13-15° C (Ref. 12218). Carnivore, feeding on insects and plankton (Ref. 12218). Utilized fresh, smoked and frozen; can be broiled, microwaved and baked (Ref. 9988). Two forms: the land-locked form which reaches 35 cm, and the ocean form of 70 cm (Ref. 9137).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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