Cynoscion xanthulus
(Orangemouth Corvina)
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Cynoscion xanthulus Jordan and Gilbert, 1882

Common name: Orangemouth Corvina

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Identification: Walker et al. (1961); Howells (1991); Page and Burr (1991).

Size: 90 cm.

Native Range: Marine. Pacific Coast from Gulf of California to Acapulco, Mexico (Page and Burr 1991).

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Nonindigenous Occurrences: The Orangemouth Corvina was stocked in the Salton Sea in southern California from 1950 to 1955 (Walker et al. 1961). It was introduced into New Mexico (Sublette et al. 1990). The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department transferred orangemouth corvina from the Salton Sea to stock Calaveras and Victor Braunig reservoirs in Bexar County, Texas (Howells 1992; Howells and Garrett 1992; Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife 1993).

Means of Introduction: In California, stockings were carried out by the California Department of Fish and Game, and in Texas by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, for the purpose of introducing a sportfish. Total number of fish introduced into the Salton Sea did not exceed 272 (Walker et al. 1961); the Texas stockings totaled nearly 770,000 fish (Howells and Garrett 1992).

Status: This species was established in the Salton Sea, California, where it was considered an important sportfish (Walker et al. 1961), but became extirpated in 2003 due to increasing salinity (Page et al. 2013; J. Crayon, California Department of Fish and Game, personal communication). There has been no evidence of reproduction in Texas, and existing populations were predicted to disappear (Howells 1991; Howells 1992; Howells and Garrett 1992). It is extirpated in New Mexico (Sublette et al. 1990).

Impact of Introduction: Largely unknown. Texas biologists expressed concern over the potential for establishment of this species in the Gulf of Mexico (Howells and Garrett 1992).

References: (click for full references)

Howells, R.G. 1991. Identification of orangemouth corvina, spotted seatrout and their hybrids. Management Data Series No. 57. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Fisheries Division, Austin, TX.

Howells, R.G. 1992. Annotated list of non-native fishes, mollusks, crustaceans, and aquatic plants, in Texas waters. Management Data Series No. 78. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Austin, TX.

Howells, R.G., and G.P. Garrett. 1992. Status of some exotic sport fishes in Texas waters. Texas Journal of Science 44(3):317-324.

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

Page, L.M., H. Espinosa-Pérez, L.T. Findlay, C.R. Gilbert, R.N. Lea, N.E. Mandrak, R.L. Mayden, and J.S. Nelson. 2013. Common and scientific names of fishes from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. 7th edition. American Fisheries Society Special Publicatin 34. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.

Sublette, J.E., M.D. Hatch, and M. Sublette. 1990. The fishes of New Mexico. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM.

Walker, B.W., R.R. Whitney, and G.W. Barlow. 1961. Fishes of the Salton Sea. Pages 77-91 in Walker, B.W., ed. The ecology of the Salton Sea, California, in relation to the sportfishery. Fish Bulletin No. 113. California Department of Fish and Game. Sacramento, CA.

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Author: Pam Fuller, and Matt Neilson

Revision Date: 3/5/2014

Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016

Citation Information:
Pam Fuller, and Matt Neilson, 2018, Cynoscion xanthulus Jordan and Gilbert, 1882: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL,, Revision Date: 3/5/2014, Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016, Access Date: 1/21/2018

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