Scientific name: Coregonus autumnalis (Pallas, 1776)
Family: Salmonidae
Order: Salmoniformes
Class: Actinopterygii
Irish name: Pollán
Irish angling record: Not recorded
Native species: Yes
Hybrids: None

Identifying features

Blue-backed, silvery, fork-tailed, herring-like fish occurring in shoals; related to trout and salmon it has an adipose fin, but no spots; grows to about 0.7kg4.

Environment and Habitat

Freshwater1; land-locked in Ireland; lake inhabitant; spawns in gravel and stones in winter2;

European distribution

Not found in any other European country apart from island of Ireland; 55°N - 52°N, 7°W - 6°W; Only found in five Irish lakes, L. Neagh, L. Erne, L. Allen, L. Derg, L. Ree14 ;

Economic value in Ireland

Minor Economic Value – small commercial fishery in L. Neagh, Northern Ireland.

Red list status


Irish legislation status

Protected under Statutory Instrument No. 94 1997 (Natural Habitats)

EU legislation status

Listed on Annex V of the EU Habitats directive