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Japanese Salmon Black Kokanee

Japanese Salmon Black Kokanee

Believe it or not the Japanese salmon “black kokanee,” said to be extinct since 1940, is now living well in a lake Mount Fuji. Scientist Tetsuji Nakabo discovered the species of fish while studying other fish in Lake Saiko.


The fish was dark olive with black spots on its back. The kunimasu grows to about a foot (30 centimers) in length.

Lake Saiko is known for its popularity by tourists and hot spring baths. Nakabo hoped that the lake had sufficient kunimasu (another name for the Japanse salmon) for the species to survive if the current environment is maintained and fisherman did not catch them.

Even though the public records list the fish as extinct, that will eventually be changed in 2012 after the records are updated.

Other species, including shellfish and plants, have also been discovered in Japan after being declared extinct, Naniwa said.