Sander canadensis x vitreus
Sander canadensis x vitreus
Native Hybrid
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Sander canadensis x vitreus

Common name: Saugeye

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Nonindigenous Occurrences: The saugeye is established in various reservoirs and the the Arkansas drainage in Colorado (Rasmussen 1998).  It has been stocked in Normandy Reservoir, Tennessee (Fiss et al. 1997). This species has been collected in the Kirby Reservoir, Taylor County, Texas in 1998 (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 2001).

Impact of Introduction: In Normandy Reservoir, Tennessee, saugeye have been reproducing with each other and backcrossing with walleye, compromising  the genetic integrity of the natural walleye population. Walleye require specific habitat conditions for spawning and are often displaced by saugeye spawning in the same area. High numbers of saugeye could reduce populations of other gamefish (centrarchids) from which they readily consume (Fiss et al. 1997).

References: (click for full references)

Fiss, F.C., S.M. Sammons, P.W. Bettoli, and N. Billington. 1997. Reproduction among saugeyes (Fx hybrids) and walleyes in Normandy Reservoir, Tennessee. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 17: 215-219.

Rasmussen, J.L. 1998. Aquatic nuisance species of the Mississippi River basin. 60th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Aquatic Nuisance Species Symposium, Dec. 7, 1998, Cincinnati, OH.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 2001. Fish Records: Water Body - All Tackle. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. April 24, 2001

Author: Cannister, M.

Revision Date: 5/21/2013

Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016

Citation Information:
Cannister, M., 2018, Sander canadensis x vitreus: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL,, Revision Date: 5/21/2013, Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016, Access Date: 3/22/2018

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Citation information: U.S. Geological Survey. [2018]. Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Gainesville, Florida. Accessed [3/22/2018].

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