Saturday, March 9, 2013

Russian expedition part II - European taimen

In the summer, 2012 Saša attended another expedition organized by Oleg Askeyev, this time to go for European taimen. The expedition started in Larix sibirica zone (the trees behind).

The main idea was to solve the question of the origin of this fish: did they evolve from European Huchen or Asiatic taimen?

>  Tayga in western Ural - European taimen country

>  European taimen - apparently not very different from its Danubian relative with the exception of the red-colored anal and caudal fins, something resembling a "real" taimen. What will the molecules say?