Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (LCT) (Oncorhynchus clarkii henshawi) are endemic or native to the Lahontan basin of northern Nevada, eastern California, and southern Oregon. And is the official state fish of Nevada! They were listed as Endangered on October 13, 1970 and reclassified as Threatened in 1975.
Lahontan Cutthroat Trout are found in a variety of cold-water habitats including large terminal alkaline lakes, like Pyramid and Walker lakes; alpine lakes, like Lake Tahoe; slow meandering rivers like the Humboldt River; mountain rivers like the Carson, Truckee and Walker Rivers; and finally in tributary streams.
With three subspecies of cutthroat trout in Nevada, their body color is highly variable. Their back tends to be olive-green to grey in color. Their sides may be yellow-brown with red or pink along the belly. They tend to have spots throughout, which are usually round and black and are more dense towards the tail. The slash marks on either side of the throat can be yellow, red or orange and the fins tend to be uniform in color with no white tips.
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