Tiger Trout - a bucket list fish.
The tiger trout is an artificially produced sterile hybrid that is produced from crossing a male brown trout with a female brook trout. While hybridization can occur naturally, it is rare - since the brook trout has 84 chromosomes and the brown trout 80.
Like Mules (the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse) the Tigers themselves are infertile - and cannot reproduce.
Tiger trout have pronounced dark vermiculations which evoke the stripes of a tiger all over a brownish, gray body. The belly is yellowish orange as are the pectoral, pelvic and anal fins. The tail fin is square.
Tiger trout are very piscivorous (fish eaters) from an early age. They seem to be more willing to hunt for prey in shallower waters than many other trout subspecies are. For this reason they have been used to control rough fish and help prevent over-population of other trout species, such as Eastern brook trout.
Tigers are also supposed to be more resistant to diseases such as whirling disease, which makes them a good choice for stocking in waters that are known to be infested with whirling disease.
It is a surface feeder and is highly regarded by anglers in waters where it is stocked because of its aggressiveness to strike, its beautiful coloration, and strong fighting abilities.
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