Latin name

Salvelinus alpinus oquassa

Other names

Blueback trout, sunapee golden trout, or Quebec red trout.


Trout, Sunapee - A member of the loach family was once classified as a separate species with the scientific name Salvelinus aureolus. The landlocked, or non-anadromous, char has been reclassified as a subspecies of Arctic char (S. alpinus oquassa), along with its close relatives, the blueback and Quebec red trout. The common name is derived from the name of the native population that inhabited Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire. Sunapee trout hybridized with lake trout there and are believed to be extinct. The species is currently undocumented in the state.


Sunapees exist in Maine, where there is a remnant population in Flood Pond, and there has been reintroduction in some other waters.


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Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Squad Salmoniformes
Family Salmonidae
Genus Salvelinus
Species S. alpinus
Conservation status No information
Habitat Pelagic
Life span, years No information
Maximum body weight, kg No information
Maximum length, cm No information
Sailing speed, m/s No information
Threat to people Edible
Way of eating Predator

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Trout, Sunapee

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