Bigheaded Carps: A Biological Synopsis and Environmental Risk Assessment


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Cindy S. Kolar, Duane C. Chapman, Walter R. Courtenay Jr., Christine M. Housel, James D. Williams, and Dawn P. Jennings

204 pages, hardcover, subject index

Publication date: August 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1-888569-79-7


Special Publication 33

The book is a detailed risk assessment and biological synopsis of the bigheaded carps of the genus Hypophthalmichthys, which includes the bighead, silver, and largescale silver carps. It summarizes the scientific literature describing their biology, ecology, uses, ecological effects, and risks to the environment.

Includes information on taxonomy and distinguishing characteristics, hybrids, native and introduced ranges, temperature and salinity tolerances, fecundity, sexual maturity and mating behavior, spawning, early development, feeding habits, growth rate and longevity, response to physical stimuli, associated diseases and parasites, human uses, environmental effects, potential range, population control measures. Summarizes United States federal and state regulations, and assesses the risk posed by these species in the United States.


Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Genus and Species Description and Distinguishing Characteristics

Chapter 3. Hybrids of Bigheaded Carps: Genus Hypophthalmichthys

Chapter 4. Native and Introduced Distributions of Bigheaded Carps

Chapter 5. Biology and Natural History of Bighead Carp

Chapter 6. Biology and Natural History of Silver Carp

Chapter 7. Biology and Natural History of Largescale Silver Carp

Chapter 8. Human Uses of Bigheaded Carps

Chapter 9. Environmental Effects of Bigheaded Carps

Chapter 10. Potential Range of Bigheaded Carps in the United States

Chapter 11. Population and Distribution Control Measures for Bigheaded Carps in North America

Chapter 12. Regulations Regarding Bigheaded Carps in the United States

Chapter 13. Environmental Risk Assessment Process for Bigheaded Carps in the United States


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