Coregonus artedi
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Coregonus artedi Lesueur, 1818

Common name: Cisco

Synonyms and Other Names: Leucichthys artedi, lake herring.

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Identification: Scott and Crossman (1973); Trautman (1981); Becker (1983); Page and Burr (1991). Commonly used spelling is C. artedii.

Size: 57 cm.

Native Range: Widespread through much of Canada and northern United States in St. Lawrence-Great Lakes, Arctic, and upper Mississippi River basins from Quebec to Northwest Territories and Alberta, and south to northern Ohio, Illinois, and Minnesota (Page and Burr 1991).

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Nonindigenous Occurrences: The Cisco was introduced into the Illinois River in Illinois (Burr and Page 1986); Susquehanna River in Maryland (Lee et al. 1980 et seq.); several lakes in northern Minnesota (Eddy and Underhill 1974); the Missouri River in Montana in the mid-1980s (Holton 1990; Young et al. 1997); unspecified lakes in eastern Nebraska (Morris et al. 1974); Rushford Lake in the Genesee drainage, New York (Smith 1985); Conowingo Reservoir and Harvey's Lake, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (Denoncourt et al. 1975; Lee et al. 1976, 1981; Cooper 1983); the Missouri River drainage in North Dakota (North Dakota Game and Fish Department 1994; Young et al. 1997; Power and Ryckman 1998); unspecified location (presumably the Missouri River) in South Dakota (North Dakota Game and Fish Department 1994; Hanten, personal communication); and Calderwood Reservoir on the Little Tennessee River, Tennessee (Etnier and Starnes 1993).

Means of Introduction: This species was intentionally stocked either as a food fish or as forage for larger predatory sport fish. Power and Ryckman (1998) noted that the species migrated downstream into the Missouri River drainage of North Dakota from Fort Peck Reservoir, Montana. It was stocked in Tennessee in 1960 (Etnier and Starnes 1993); in Harvey's Lake, Pennsylvania from 1969 to 1972 (Denoncourt et al. 1975); and in Nebraska in 1888 (Morris et al. 1974).

Status: Some populations in Minnesota and Montana became established. Reproduction has been noted in North Dakota. Stockings that took place in many of the other states reportedly failed.

Impact of Introduction: Unknown.

Remarks: None.

References: (click for full references)

Becker, G.C. 1983. Fishes of Wisconsin. University of Madison Press, Madison, WI.

Burr, B.M., and L.M. Page. 1986. Zoogeography of the fishes of the lower Ohio-upper Mississippi basin. 287-324 in C.H. Hocutt and E.O. Wiley, eds. The zoogeography of North American freshwater fishes. John Wiley and Sons, New York, NY.

Cooper, E.L. 1983. Fishes of Pennsylvania and the northeastern United States. Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, PA.

Denoncourt, R.F., T.B. Robbins, and R. Hesser. 1975. Recent introductions and reintroductions to the Pennsylvania fish fauna of the Susquehanna River drainage above Conowingo Dam. Proceedings of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 49:57-58.

Eddy, S., and J.C. Underhill. 1974. Northern fishes, with special reference to the Upper Mississippi Valley. 3rd edition. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN.

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

Lee, D.S., C.R. Gilbert, C.H. Hocutt, R.E. Jenkins, D.E. McAllister, and J.R. Stauffer, Jr. 1980. Atlas of North American freshwater fishes. North Carolina State Museum of Natural History, Raleigh, NC.

Lee, D.S., A. Norden, C.R. Gilbert, and R. Franz. 1976. A list of the freshwater fishes of Maryland and Delaware. Chesapeake Science 17(3):205-211.

Lee, D.S., S.P. Platania, C.R. Gilbert, R. Franz, and A. Norden. 1981. A revised list of the freshwater fishes of Maryland and Delaware. Southeastern Fishes Council Proceedings 3(3):1-10.

Holton, G.D. 1990. A field guide to Montana fishes. Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Helena, MT.

Morris, J., L. Morris, and L. Witt. 1974. The fishes of Nebraska. Nebraska Game and Parks commission, Lincoln, NE.

North Dakota Game and Fish Department. 1994. Fishes of the Dakotas. North Dakota Game and Fish Department, Bismark, ND.

Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr. 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. The Peterson Guide Series, vol. 42. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.

Power, G.J., and F. Ryckman. 1998. Status of North Dakota's fishes. North Dakota Game and Fish Department, Division Report 27, Jamestown, ND.

Scott, W.B., and E.J. Crossman. 1973. Freshwater Fishes of Canada. Fisheries Research Board of Canada, Bulletin 184. Ottawa.

Smith, C.L. 1985. The inland fishes of New York State. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY.

Trautman, M.B. 1981. The fishes of Ohio. Ohio State University Press, Columbus, OH.

Young, B.A., T.L. Welker, M.L. Wildhaber, C.R. Berry, and D. Scarnecchia, editors. 1997. Population structure and habitat use of benthic fishes along the Missouri and lower Yellowstone rivers. Annual Report of Missouri River Benthic Fish Study PD-95-5832. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Other Resources:
Distribution map in Illinois - Illinois Natural History Survey

Status of North Dakota's fishes - USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

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Author: Pam Fuller, and Matt Neilson

Revision Date: 3/6/2012

Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016

Citation Information:
Pam Fuller, and Matt Neilson, 2018, Coregonus artedi Lesueur, 1818: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL,, Revision Date: 3/6/2012, Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016, Access Date: 3/24/2018

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