Oncorhynchus

Oncorhynchus is a genus of fish in the family Salmonidae; it contains the Pacific salmon and Pacific trout. The name of the genus is derived from the Greek ὄγκος (ónkos, “lump, bend”) + ῥύγχος (rhúnkhos, “snout”), in reference to the hooked snout (the "kype") that the males develop during mating season.

Oncorhynchus
Temporal range: Late Miocene – recent
Sockeye salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka
Female (above) and male in mating season
Note male with kype (hooked snout)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Salmoniformes
Family: Salmonidae
Subfamily: Salmoninae
Genus: Oncorhynchus
Suckley, 1861
Type species
Oncorhynchus gorbuscha
(Walbaum, 1792)
Species

§ Species


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