Variations in Spotting Patterns, Coloration and Characteristics – Opercula, Spots and Pigmentation / Interesting – Disquieting

While some of the embedded thumbnail photos below may land in the category of a specific classification of trout — yet some reflect highly unusual coloration, some show shortened opercula (gill plates), some display large or many spots and some just reveal hybridization.

An alarming number of anomalies can be identified in the trout of this tiny system…   While it may be difficult to differentiate from environmental vs. genetic (hereditary) causation; it is interesting to contemplate what the actual factors are that have resulted in these effects.

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