Ictalurus pricei
Ictalurus pricei
(Yaqui Catfish)
Native Transplant
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Ictalurus pricei (Rutter, 1896)

Common name: Yaqui Catfish

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Identification: Minckley (1973); Page and Burr (1991).

Size: 57 cm.

Native Range: Rio Yaqui and Rio Casas Grandes drainages, northwestern Mexico (Page and Burr 1991).

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Nonindigenous Occurrences: The Yaqui Catfish was introduced in 1899 into the Santa Cruz River system, Arizona, in a reservoir fed by Monkey Spring, where the species persisted until the 1950s (Miller and Lowe 1967; Minckley 1973; Hendrickson et al. 1980; Lee et al. 1980 et seq.; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1994b).

Means of Introduction: Unknown.

Status: Extirpated in Arizona and the United States (Minckley 1973; Lee et al. 1980 et seq.).

Impact of Introduction: Unknown.

Remarks: The Yaqui Catfish is listed as a federally threatened species (Page and Burr 1991; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1993a). It hybridizes with introduced channel and blue catfish (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1994b).

References: (click for full references)

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

Miller, R.R. and C.H. Lowe. 1967. Part 2. Fishes of Arizona, p 133-151, In: C.H. Lowe, ed. The Vertebrates of Arizona. University of Arizona Press. Tucson.

Minckley, W. L. 1973. Fishes of Arizona. Arizona Fish and Game Department. Sims Printing Company, Inc., Phoenix, AZ.

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.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1994b. Yaqui fishes recovery plan. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Albuquerque, NM. 48 pp.

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Author: Fuller, P.

Revision Date: 8/9/2004

Citation Information:
Fuller, P., 2017, Ictalurus pricei (Rutter, 1896): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=741, Revision Date: 8/9/2004, Access Date: 12/18/2017

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