Arctic Grayling

Arctic Grayling

Thymallus articus

Physical features: As a member of the salmon and trout family, Arctic Grayling have a torpedo shaped body and similar basic fin structure. A dark gray and iridescent fish with a purple or red spotted sail-like dorsal fin. Streaks of orange are found on their ventral fins.

Habitat: Streams or lakes. Habitat can vary with the seasons. (see below)

Diet: Aquatic insects and fish.

Fun facts: These fish migrate to spawning waters in the spring, feeding areas in the summer and in the fall migrate to overwintering areas. Grayling were an early inhabitant of the Great Lakes region and are now found scattered throughout the Western US and Canada.