The Nonindigenous Occurrences section of the NAS species profiles has a new structure. The section is now dynamically updated from the NAS database to ensure that it contains the most current and accurate information. Occurrences are summarized in Table 1, alphabetically by state, with years of earliest and most recent observations, and the tally and names of drainages where the species was observed. The table contains hyperlinks to collections tables of specimens based on the states, years, and drainages selected. References to specimens that were not obtained through sighting reports and personal communications are found through the hyperlink in the Table 1 caption or through the individual specimens linked in the collections tables.

Catostomus fumeiventris
Catostomus fumeiventris
(Owens Sucker)
Native Transplant

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Catostomus fumeiventris Miller, 1973

Common name: Owens Sucker

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Identification: Moyle (1976); Page and Burr (1991).

Size: 50 cm.

Native Range: Endemic to the Owens River, California (Page and Burr 1991).

Native range data for this species provided in part by NatureServe NS logo
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps

Nonindigenous Occurrences:

Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Catostomus fumeiventris are found here.

StateFirst ObservedLast ObservedTotal HUCs with observations†HUCs with observations†
CA197519763Eureka-Saline Valleys; Mono Lake; Santa Clara

Table last updated 4/24/2024

† Populations may not be currently present.

Means of Introduction: Apparently introduced to June Lake and to the Santa Clara River system as a result of a release of Owens River water from the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Moyle 1976; Bell 1978). Introduced into the Owens River sanctuary as a conservation precautionary measure (Moyle 1976).

Status: Established in parts of California outside its native range, including populations in June Lake and those in the Owens Valley sanctuary (Moyle 1976). The status of the introduced Santa Clara River population is uncertain (Moyle 1976; Bell 1978).

Impact of Introduction: Possible hybridization with the Santa Ana sucker Catostomus santaanae in the Santa Clara River system (Moyle 1976; Bell 1978).

Remarks: None.

References: (click for full references)

Bell, M. A. 1978. Fishes of the Santa Clara River system, southern California. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, California, Contributions in Science Series 295:1--20.

Moyle, P. B. 1976. Inland fishes of California. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

Page, L. M., and B. M. Burr. 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. The Peterson Field Guide Series, volume 42. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.

Other Resources:
FishBase Summary

Author: Fuller, P.

Revision Date: 7/29/2011

Peer Review Date: 7/29/2011

Citation Information:
Fuller, P., 2024, Catostomus fumeiventris Miller, 1973: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=347, Revision Date: 7/29/2011, Peer Review Date: 7/29/2011, Access Date: 4/24/2024

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