Platygobio gracilis
Platygobio gracilis
(Flathead Chub)
Native Transplant
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Platygobio gracilis (Richardson, 1836)

Common name: Flathead Chub

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Identification: Woodling (1985); Hubbs et al. (1991); Page and Burr (1991); Etnier and Starnes (1993); commonly used name is Hybopsis gracilis.

Size: 32 cm.

Native Range: Mackenzie, Saskatchewan, and Lake Winnipeg drainages in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia; Missouri-Mississippi River basin from southern Alberta and Montana to Louisiana; upper Rio Grande (including Pecos) drainage, New Mexico. Restricted to Mississippi River proper in Missouri, Illinois, and south; localized in Arkansas River drainage in Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico (Page and Burr 1991).
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Nonindigenous Occurrences: This species was stocked in the Russell Lakes area of the San Luis Valley, Colorado in the 1940s (Zuckerman and Behnke 1986). It is known from the Red River drainage in northern Minnesota (Underhill et al. 1997). The species is known from the Gila River drainage of New Mexico (Koster 1957); it was recorded as having been collected in the state outside its natural range from Taylor Creek upstream from Wall Lake in the Gila drainage during the 1950s (Sublette et al. 1990). The species was documented from the Red River basin in North Dakota (Peterka and Koel 1996).

Means of Introduction: Introduced in the Gila River drainage of New Mexico via bait-bucket release (Koster 1957; Sublette et al. 1990). This species was privately stocked as prey for a trout hatchery in the Russell Lakes area of Colorado; the fish came from the Arkansas River drainage (Zuckerman and Behnke 1986). Probably bait-bucket release in Minnesota.

Status: Recorded as having been established, at least temporarily, in part of the Gila drainage of New Mexico (Koster 1957); in contrast, Sublette et al. (1990) reported that the species did not became established there. In Colorado, the species apparently persisted for 15 years in the San Luis Closed Basin, but it is no longer considered extant in that region (Zuckerman and Behnke 1986). Recorded as occurring in Minnesota.

Impact of Introduction: Unknown.

Remarks: The only New Mexico site where this species was mentioned as being introduced is Taylor Creek (Sublette et al. 1990). Koster (1957) did not mention the specific locality where this species occurred within the Gila River drainage of New Mexico. The Flathead Chub is used as a bait fish in selected areas of the country (Koster 1957; Scott and Crossman 1973). Crossman and McAllister (1986) listed this species as possibly present in the U.S. section of the Red River drainage but gave no indication it was introduced there. Lee et al. (1980 et seq.) did not depict the species in that region.

References: (click for full references)

Peterka, J. J. and T. M. Koel. 1996. Distribution and Dispersal of Fishes in the Red River Basin. Report submitted to Interbasin Biota Transfer Studies Program, Water Resources Research Research Institute, Fargo, ND. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Home Page. (version 29AUG97).

Other Resources:
FishBase Summary

Author: Nico, L.

Revision Date: 3/18/2010

Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016

Citation Information:
Nico, L., 2018, Platygobio gracilis (Richardson, 1836): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL,, Revision Date: 3/18/2010, Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016, Access Date: 1/16/2018

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