Softmouth Trout From The River Neretva - (Salmo obtusirostris oxyrhynchus)
The Neretva softmouth trout shows the most pronounced morphological characteristics
featuring the softmouth trout; all the other subspecies
are more brown trout-like.
Our main goal was to study the molecular phylogeny
of the softmouth trout to revise its classification from
molecular data perspective. Furthermore, we intended
to perform molecular study of each geographically
remote softmouth trout population in order to determine
On the basis of DNA analysis of several salmonid genera
(for details see Snoj et al., 2002), a
close relationship between the softmouth and brown trout
was established. Phylogenetic
analysis on combined data set of mitochondrial and
nuclear DNA indicated that softmouth trout exhibits
relationship to the brown trout (Salmo trutta)
than to Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). This
finding refutes the classification that recognizes
trout as a separate genus
Salmothymus, and suggests its reclassification on
the species level as Salmo obtusirostris.
Snoj, A., Melkič, E., Sušnik, S., Muhamedagić, S., Dovč, P. 2002.
Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 77, 3, 399-411.