What is the Taxonomy of a Rainbow trout?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Quoting from wikipedia


    Also are you talking new system or old?

    Do you want the whole thing or just the genus and species?

    You might need to do a little research for yourself but they are definitely

    Kingdom: Animalia - they are animals

    Do you need a Super Phylum? Deuterostomia

    Phylum: Chordata - they have spinal columns

    Subdivision: Craniata

    Subphylum: Vertebrata

    Infraphylum: Gnathostomata

    Superclass Osteichthyes

    Class: Actinopterygii

    Order: Salmoniforme

    family Salmonidae

    Subfamily: Salmoninae

    Genus: Oncorhynchus

    Species: mykiss


    The rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is a species of salmonid native to tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America.

    The species was originally named by Johann Julius Walbaum in 1792 based on type specimens from Kamchatka. Richardson named a specimen of this species Salmo gairdneri in 1836, and in 1855, W. P. Gibbons found a population and named it Salmo iridia, later corrected to Salmo irideus, however these names faded once it was determined that Walbaum's type description was conspecific and therefore had precedence. More recently, DNA studies showed rainbow trout are genetically closer to Pacific salmon (Onchorhynchus species) than to brown trout (Salmo trutta) or Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar), so the genus was changed.

    Unlike the species' former name's epithet iridia (Latin: rainbow), the specific epithet mykiss derives from the local Kamchatkan name 'mykizha'; all of Walbaum's species names were based on Kamchatkan local names.

    The ocean going (anadromous) form (including those returning for spawning) are known as steelhead, (Canada and the United States) or ocean trout (Australia), although they are the same species.


    It's been a long time since I've done taxonomy...I could have it all wrong

    But I hope it all helps.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Rainbow Trout Taxonomy

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