Gila trout

noun

Definition of Gila trout

:a deep-bodied trout (Oncorhynchus gilae) inhabiting cool mountain streams of New Mexico and Arizona that is typically yellowish-brown above and golden yellow on the sides and belly with profuse black dots mainly above the lateral line and a faint, rose stripe along each side of the body
  • Gila trout inhabit only small sections of about 15 streams in the mountains of the Gila, so it is still a fragile species.
  • —Wes R. SmallingSanta Fe New Mexican6 Apr. 2000
Note: The Gila trout closely resembles, and is often classified as a subspecies (Oncorhynchus gilae gilae) with, the Apache trout (Oncorhynchus apache synonym Oncorhynchus gilae apache).

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Origin and Etymology of gila trout

from Gila river


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