Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Salmoniformes
(Salmons) > Salmonidae
(Salmonids) > Coregoninae
Etymology: Coregonus: Greek, kore = pupils of the eye + Greek, gonia = angle (Ref. 45335). More on author: Lesueur.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; freshwater; brackish; pelagic-neritic; anadromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 50 - ? m (Ref. 9988). Temperate; ? - 26°C (Ref. 35682), preferred ?; 69°N - 44°N
North America: widely distributed in Canada and northern USA in St. Lawrence-Great Lakes, Arctic, and upper Mississippi River basins from Quebec to Northwest Territories and Alberta and south to northern Ohio, Illinois and Minnesota. Rare in Great Lakes (Ref. 3881). Said to be conspecific with Coregonus autumnalis and Coregonus autumnalis pollan based on electrophoresis studies (Ref. 7506). Belongs to Coregonus artedi complex.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 17.1  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 57.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5723); common length : 29.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193); max. published weight: 3.4 kg (Ref. 4699); max. reported age: 11 years (Ref. 12193)
Inhabits open waters of lakes and large rivers; also coastal waters of Hudson Bay (Ref. 9988). Nerito-pelagic, feeds on plankton and large crustaceans (Ref. 58426). Utilized fresh, smoked, and frozen; can be steamed, fried, broiled, boiled, microwaved, and baked (Ref. 9988).
Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr, 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 432 p. (Ref. 5723)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00603 (0.00408 - 0.00889), b=3.15 (3.04 - 3.26), based on LWR estimates for this species (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.40 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (K=0.06-0.27(?); tmax=11; tm=6).
Prior r = 0.44, 2 SD range = 0.23 - 0.86, log(r) = -0.82, SD log(r) = 0.33, Based on: 1 M, 2 K, 1 tgen, 2 tmax, 1 Fec records
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (43 of 100) .