Common name: Northern Leatherside Chub
Synonyms and Other Names: Gila copei (Jordan and Gilbert 1881)
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Identification: Simpson and Wallace (1978); Sigler and Sigler (1987); Page and Burr (1991). Another commonly used name is Gila copei. Gilbert (1998) states that this species has been assigned to six different genera at various times.
Size: 15 cm.
Native Range: Upper Snake River system, Wyoming and Idaho, south to Sevier River system, southern Utah (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 Lepidomeda copei are found here.
Table last updated 2/27/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Probably bait bucket introductions.
Status: Established in Utah; locally established in Wyoming. Presumably established in Idaho.
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.
Leo Nico, and Pam Fuller
Revision Date: 6/26/2000
Peer Review Date: 6/26/2000
Leo Nico, and Pam Fuller, 2023, Lepidomeda copei (Jordan and Gilbert, 1881): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=651, Revision Date: 6/26/2000, Peer Review Date: 6/26/2000, Access Date: 3/27/2023
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