The taimen or Siberian taimen is a fish species of the salmon family. It lives in many water bodies of Siberia and the Far East. It may also be found in large rivers of the European part of Russia. Beside fish, this predator's diet includes small mammals caught in the water.
Taimen's elongated body is covered with small scales. It has a dark brown, sometimes greenish, back, light brown sides with dark spots, and a whitish belly. Taimen's head is flattened and equipped with sharp curved teeth, thus resembling that of a pike. For this reason, in the Urals it is sometimes called the "red pike".
Adult taimen can reach impressive size of 1.5 to 2 meters and weigh more than 60 kg. The average size of an adult fish usually does not exceed 70 cm, with a body weight of 3 to 4 kg.