Common name: Gulf Corvina
Synonyms and Other Names: Gulf weakfish
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Identification: Allen and Robertson (1994), Chao (1995).
Size: up to 70 cm TL.
Native Range: Marine; Gulf of California.
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.
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.
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.
IUCN Red List
Revision Date: 2/19/2020
Peer Review Date: 9/13/2011
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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