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Nonindigenous Fishes Introduced into Inland Waters of the United States

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Pam L. Fuller, Leo G. Nico, and James D. Williams

622 pages

Published by American Fisheries Society, 1999

AFS Special Publication 27

Whether termed exotics, transplants, or aliens, nonindigenous species are those that enter an ecosystem beyond their historic range. This book is based on an extensive and ongoing electronic database of more than 500 nonindigenous fish taxa (species, hybrids, and unidentified forms) in U.S. inland open waters, and is comprised primarily of summary accounts of each taxa. Also, the book summarizes the historical trends and spatial patterns of fish introductions nationwide and gives an overview of the database itself, which is a major subset of a larger research database of other nonindigenous aquatic species.

This book includes:

* scientific and common names * references to aid in species identification * maximum size for adults * native range * nonindigenous occurrences * means of introduction * reproductive status and persistence * impacts from introduction * voucher specimens for foreign species * remarks * range map * reported occurrences

Studying these species is critical to determining their possible effects on the native organisms and the physical environment. This book will be useful to those who want or need to understand the control and management of species already introduced as well as those being considered for introduction.

This book is intended for:

* state fish and game agency employees * fishery and environmental biologists * managers of aquatic systems and resources * land and refuge managers * ichthyologists * students in the above areas * citizens involved in natural resource issues * anglers

Table of Contents

Dedication

Acknowledgments

Introduction

The Database

Status of Nonindigenous Fishes

Summary of Reported Occurrences of Nonindigenous Fishes

Terminology

Arrangement and Format of Species Accounts

Hybrids

Species Erroneously Reported as Introduced

Reporting Problems and Requests for Information

Species Accounts

Literature Cited

Personal Communications

Appendix A – List of Species Included in this Report

Appendix B – Glossary

Appendix C – Foreign Fish Matrix

Appendix D – Native Fish Matrix

Appendix E – Hybrid Fish Matrix

Nonindigenous Species Database Voluntary Reporting Form

Index