Common name: Sargo
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Identification: Miller and Lea (1972); Thomson et al. (1979); Eschmeyer et al. (1983). Also appears as A. davidsoni.
Size: 58 cm.
Native Range: Tropical, marine. The sargo is native to the Pacific Ocean from Santa Cruz, California, to southern Baja California (Eschmeyer et al. 1983).
Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps
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This species is now established in the Salton Sea in California (Walker et al. 1961; Shapovalov et al. 1981). It was introduced into and later extirpated at an unspecified location in New Mexico (Sublette et al. 1990).
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 Anisotremus davidsonii are found here.
Table last updated 5/25/2018
† Populations may not be currently present.
* HUCs are not listed for states where the observation(s) cannot be approximated to a HUC (e.g. state centroids or Canadian provinces).
Means of Introduction: A total of 65 fish were stocked in the Salton Sea in 1951 by the California Department of Fish and Game (Walker et al. 1961). The means and reason for introduction to New Mexico are unknown.
Status: Established in California; extirpated in New Mexico.
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)
Cordone, A.J. - Department of Fish and Game, Sacramento, CA. Response to NBS-G non-indigenous questionaire. 1992.
Eschmeyer, W. N., E. S. Herald, and H. Hamann. 1983. A field guide to Pacific Coast fishes of North America. Peterson Field Guide Series. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, MA.
Shapovalov, L., A. J. Cordone, and W. A. Dill. 1981. A list of freshwater and anadromous fishes of California. California Fish and Game 67(1):4-38.
Sublette, J. E., M. D. Hatch, and M. Sublette. 1990. The fishes of New Mexico. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM. 393 pp.
Walker, B. W., R. R. Whitney, and G. W. Barlow. 1961. Fishes of the Salton Sea. Pages 77-92 in B. W. Walker, editor. The ecology of the Salton Sea, California, in relation to the sport fishery of California. Department of Fish and Game Fish Bulletin 113.
Revision Date: 4/30/2018
Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016
Fuller, P., 2018, Anisotremus davidsonii (Steindachner, 1876): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=724, Revision Date: 4/30/2018, Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016, Access Date: 9/25/2018
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