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Paiute Cutthroat Trout


Scientific Name:

Oncorhynchus clarkii seleniris


Cutthroat Trout


Cutthroat Subspecies

Also known as:

Paiute cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii seleniris) is one of fourteen subspecies of cutthroat trout. Paiute Cutthroat are native only to Silver King Creek, a headwater tributary of the Carson River in the Sierra Nevada, in California. This subspecies is named after the indigenous Northern Paiute peoples. Paiute cutthroat trout are endemic to and protected within the Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The Carson River lies within the Great Basin interior drainage system, within the historic range of Lahontan cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki henshawi).

Paiute Cutthroat Trout by California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

Paiute Cutthroat Trout by CalTrout

Paiute Cutthroat Trout by Western Native Trout Initiative

Paiute Cutthroat Trout Reintroduced to Native Habitat in High Sierra Wilderness by California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

A rare, threatened trout species makes return to native habitat after nearly 100 years by USA Today

Conservation Success Index: Paiute Cutthroat Trout by Trout Unlimited

Map of Current distribution of Paiute cutthroat trout by

Note: The Paiute cutthroat trout is the rarest of all North American trout.  To see our article "Paiute Cutthroat Trout...A Gift from a Sheepherder" click here...

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