Common name: Shortjaw Mudsucker
Synonyms and Other Names: shortjaw mudsucker
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Identification: Barlow (1961); Thomson et al. (1979). For many years G. seta was confused with G. mirabilis, from which it is believed to have evolved (Barlow 1961).
Size: 89 mm.
Native Range: Marine; G. seta is found only in the northern Gulf of California in the rocky intertidal zone (Barlow 1961; Thomson et al. 1979).
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 Gillichthys seta are found here.
Table last updated 2/27/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Intentionally stocked as forage. Sixty-three fish were stocked. Stock was obtained from San Felipe, Mexico (Walker et al. 1961).
Status: The introduction failed to produce a viable population and is no longer extant in the Salton Sea.
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)
Barlow, G. W. 1961. Gobies of the genus Gillichthys
with comments on the sensory canals as a taxonomic tool. Copeia 1961(4):423--437.
Dill, W. A., and A. J. Cordone. 1997. History and status of introduced fishes in California, 1871--1996. Manuscript for Fish Bulletin of the California Department of Fish and Game 178.
Thomson, D. A., L. T. Findley, and A. N. Kerstitch. 1979. Reef Fishes of the Sea of Cortez. John Wiley and Sons, New York. 302 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. Fish Bulletin of the California Department of Fish and Game 113.
Revision Date: 12/5/2003
Peer Review Date: 12/5/2003
Fuller, P., 2023, Gillichthys seta (Ginsburg, 1938): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=709, Revision Date: 12/5/2003, Peer Review Date: 12/5/2003, Access Date: 3/20/2023
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