Atlantic Salmon - ROM2004_1046_8


Atlantic Salmon

Geography: Canada, Ontario: Durham County. Newcastle Hatchery
Date: September 4, 1882
maximum length=652 mm
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassActinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
    • OrderSalmoniformes
    • FamilySalmonidae
    • GenusSalmo
    • SpecificEpithetsalar
Object number: 23235
Not on view
DescriptionThis mount is of a Lake Ontario Atlantic salmon captured in 1882, is catalogued in the ROM’s fish collection. The landlocked Atlantic Salmon disappeared from Lake Ontario before the turn of the twentieth century, but efforts are being made by the Ministry of Natural Resources to restore this species to the Lake. Efforts have not been very successful to date. ROM scientists are extracting and analyzing the DNA from these old specimens. They will compare it to that of other stocks of Atlantic Salmon in a renewed attempt to find a better strain.
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