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Game Fish Species of British Columbia

Pygmy Whitefish
Pygmy Whitefish

Prosopium coulteri or Coulter's Whitefish, Brownback Whitefish

DESCRIPTION - The Pygmy Whitefish species is about 4-5 inches in length with a cylindrical, elongate body and large eyes. It is a brownish color with silvery sides and a white belly. Faint dark spots are sometimes present.

DISTRIBUTION - The Pygmy Whitefish occurs in the Columbia, Fraser, Skeena, Peace and Laird River systems in British Columbia. They thrive in lakes and flowing waters of clear and silted rivers of mountainous country.

BIOLOGY - Pygmy Whitefish spawning takes place in October, November or December in shallow water of streams and lakes. The female grows faster and lives longer than the male (female-9 years and males-6 years).

RELATION TO MAN - There is no known direct economic importance except that perhaps that Pygmy Whitefish act as a buffer between salmon predators and young salmon.

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