Gila trout

noun

: 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. Smalling, Santa Fe New Mexican, 6 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).

Word History

Etymology

from Gila river

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“Gila trout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Gila%20trout. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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