Common name: Tahoe Sucker
Synonyms and Other Names: Nevada sucker, red sucker, Catostomus arenarius
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Identification: Moyle (1976a); Sigler and Sigler (1987); Page and Burr (1991).
Size: 61 cm.
Native Range: Lahontan basin, southeastern Oregon, Nevada, and northeastern California (Page and Burr 1991).
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 tahoensis are found here.
Table last updated 12/5/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: The source of these fish is either transfer by anglers or natural stream capture.
Status: Reported from the Sacramento drainage (Nevada) and the Feather and Rubicon rivers (California) in 1950, but more recent records are lacking.
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
La Rivers, I. 1962. Fishes and fisheries of Nevada. Nevada State Print Office, Carson City, NV.
Moyle, P. B. 1976a. Inland fishes of California. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.
Moyle, P. B. 2002. Inland fishes of California. Second edition. 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.
Sigler, W. F., and J. W. Sigler. 1987. Fishes of the Great Basin: A Natural History. University of Nevada Press, Reno, NV. 425 pp.
California Fish Species
- University of California Davis
Pam Fuller, and Matt Neilson
Revision Date: 8/19/2011
Peer Review Date: 8/19/2011
Pam Fuller, and Matt Neilson, 2023, Catostomus tahoensis Gill and Jordan in Jordan, 1878: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=355, Revision Date: 8/19/2011, Peer Review Date: 8/19/2011, Access Date: 12/5/2023
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