The Nonindigenous Occurrences section of the NAS species profiles has a new structure. The section is now dynamically updated from the NAS database to ensure that it contains the most current and accurate information. Occurrences are summarized in Table 1, alphabetically by state, with years of earliest and most recent observations, and the tally and names of drainages where the species was observed. The table contains hyperlinks to collections tables of specimens based on the states, years, and drainages selected. References to specimens that were not obtained through sighting reports and personal communications are found through the hyperlink in the Table 1 caption or through the individual specimens linked in the collections tables.

Cynoscion othonopterus
(Gulf Corvina)
Marine Fishes

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Cynoscion othonopterus Jordan and Gilbert, 1882

Common name: Gulf Corvina

Synonyms and Other Names: Gulf weakfish

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Identification: Allen and Robertson (1994), Chao (1995).

Size: up to 70 cm TL.

Native Range: Marine; Gulf of California.

Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps

Nonindigenous Occurrences: The Gulf corvina was introduced into the Salton Sea in southern California (Walker et al. 1961).

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 Cynoscion othonopterus are found here.

StateFirst ObservedLast ObservedTotal HUCs with observations†HUCs with observations†
CA195119561Salton Sea

Table last updated 12/8/2022

† Populations may not be currently present.

Means of Introduction: Intentionally introduced as a sport fish in 1951 and 1956 from fishes obtained from San Felipe, Mexico (Walker et al. 1961).

Status: The introduction failed to produce a viable population and the species is extirpated 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.

Remarks: This species is listed as 'vulnerable' on the IUCN Red List due to chronic overfishing and the reduction/termination of water flow in their primary spawning habitat (Colorado River).

References: (click for full references)

Allen, G.R., and D.R. Robertson. 1994. Fishes of the tropical eastern Pacific. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, HI.

Chao, L.N. 1995. Sciaenidae. Corvinas, barbiches, bombaches, corvinatas, corvinetas, corvinillas, lambes, pescadillas, rnacachos, verrugatos. 1427-1518 in W. Fischer, F. Krupp, W. Schneider, C. Sommer, K.E. Carpenter, and V. Neim, eds. Guía FAO para identificación de especies para los fines de la pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. FAO, Roma.

Walker, B.W., R.R. Whitney, and G.W. Barlow. 1961. Fishes of the Salton Sea. 77-92 in B.W. Walker, ed. The ecology of the Salton Sea, California, in relation to the sport fishery of California. California Department of Fish and Game, Fish Bulletin 113.

Other Resources:
IUCN Red List

FishBase Summary

Author: Neilson, M.E.

Revision Date: 2/19/2020

Peer Review Date: 9/13/2011

Citation Information:
Neilson, M.E., 2022, Cynoscion othonopterus Jordan and Gilbert, 1882: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/factsheet.aspx?SpeciesID=950, Revision Date: 2/19/2020, Peer Review Date: 9/13/2011, Access Date: 12/8/2022

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