Common name: Owens Sucker
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Identification: Moyle (1976); Page and Burr (1991).
Size: 50 cm.
Native Range: Endemic to the Owens River, California (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 Catostomus fumeiventris are found here.
Table last updated 2/27/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Apparently introduced to June Lake and to the Santa Clara River system as a result of a release of Owens River water from the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Moyle 1976; Bell 1978). Introduced into the Owens River sanctuary as a conservation precautionary measure (Moyle 1976).
Status: Established in parts of California outside its native range, including populations in June Lake and those in the Owens Valley sanctuary (Moyle 1976). The status of the introduced Santa Clara River population is uncertain (Moyle 1976; Bell 1978).
Impact of Introduction: Possible hybridization with the Santa Ana sucker Catostomus santaanae in the Santa Clara River system (Moyle 1976; Bell 1978).
References: (click for full references)
Bell, M. A. 1978. Fishes of the Santa Clara River system, southern California. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, California, Contributions in Science Series 295:1--20.
Moyle, P. B. 1976. Inland fishes of California. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.
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.
Revision Date: 7/29/2011
Peer Review Date: 7/29/2011
Fuller, P., 2023, Catostomus fumeiventris Miller, 1973: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=347, Revision Date: 7/29/2011, Peer Review Date: 7/29/2011, Access Date: 3/20/2023
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