Campostoma anomalum
Campostoma anomalum
(Central Stoneroller)
Native Transplant
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Campostoma anomalum (Rafinesque, 1820)

Common name: Central Stoneroller

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Identification: Becker (1983); Page and Burr (1991); Etnier and Starnes (1993). Three subspecies are recognized.

Size: 22 cm.

Native Range: Widespread across most of eastern and central United States in Atlantic, Great Lakes, Mississippi River, and Hudson Bay (Red River) basins from New York west to North Dakota and Wyoming, and south to South Carolina and Texas; present in Thames River system (Great Lakes basin), Ontario; found in Gulf Slope drainages from Galveston Bay, Texas, to Rio Grande, Mexico; isolated population in southwestern Mississippi and eastern Louisiana. Generally absent on Piedmont and Coastal Plain (Page and Burr 1991).
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Nonindigenous Occurrences: This species has been recorded from Byram River (Bronx) watershed of Connecticut (Whitworth et al. 1968; Schmidt 1986; Whitworth 1996; Jones, personal communication); the Rio San Jose drainage near Bluewater Lake, Taylor Creek in the Gila River drainage, and the Rio Grande near Albuquerque and Truth or Consequences, New Mexico (Sublette et al. 1990); Adirondacks in Franklin County, New York (Smith 1985); the Yadkin River region (Pee Dee River drainage) in Wilkes County, North Carolina (Hocutt et al. 1986; Menhinick 1991; Jenkins and Burkhead 1994); and Paul's Creek, Carroll County, in the upper Pee Dee drainage, Virginia (Hocutt et al. 1986; Jenkins and Burkhead 1994).

Means of Introduction: Unknown. Probable bait bucket releases.

Status: Established in New Mexico near Albuquerque (Sublette et al. 1990). Reported from New York (Smith 1985), and North Carolina (Menhinick 1991), and Virginia (Jenkins and Burkhead 1994). Populations in the Gila drainage and near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, apparently extirpated (Sublette et al. 1990). The Connecticut population found in the 1960s consisted of several age classes, but intensive sampling in 1987 and 1988 revealed that the species did not survive (Whitworth 1996).

Impact of Introduction: Unknown.

Remarks: According to Jenkins and Burkhead (1994), the two records of this species from the Pee Dee drainage of Virginia and North Carolina, although possibly native, are thought to be the result two separate introductions. Menhinick (1991) also concluded that the species was probably introduced into the Pee Dee drainage of North Carolina.

Voucher specimens: North Carolina (DU JRB 60-20), Virginia (RC-REJ 970).

References: (click for full references)

Etnier, D. A., and W. C. Starnes. 1993. The fishes of Tennessee. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN.

Jenkins, R. E., and N. M. Burkhead. 1994. Freshwater fishes of Virginia. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.

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: 5/25/2000

Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016

Citation Information:
Fuller, P., 2018, Campostoma anomalum (Rafinesque, 1820): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL,, Revision Date: 5/25/2000, Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016, Access Date: 1/20/2018

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