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Distribution and Dispersal of Fishes in the Red River Basin

GIF-Red River of the North Basin

by

John J. Peterka and Todd M. Koel
Zoology Department, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58105

October 1996


Abstract: Surveys of fishes conducted at 1026 sites from 1892-1994 identified 77 native and seven introduced species in the Red River of the North basin in the United States. Twenty-nine species were cyprinids; and 10, 9, 8, and 6 species were percids, centrarchids, catostomids, and ictalurids, respectively. The white sucker (Catostomus commersoni), fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas), and common shiner (Luxilus cornutus) were the most common species, occurring at 60%, 53%, and 47% of the sites sampled, respectively. Species which were most rare included the largescale stoneroller (Campostoma oligolepis), pugnose shiner (Notropis anogenus), and mottled sculpin (Cottus bairdi), all found at <1% of the sites. Sampling using seines, trap nets, and gill nets was conducted to determine the current status of the white bass (Morone chrysops) in the Sheyenne River and the gizzard shad (Dorosoma cepedianum) in the James River (Missouri River basin). The white bass was not found in the Sheyenne River in 1993 or 1994 in collections made at sites from near Valley City to its mouth. The gizzard shad was not found in the James River at Ludden or Larimore in 1993.


This resource is based on the following source:

Peterka, John J. and Todd M. Koel.  1996.  Distribution and dispersal of fishes in the Red River basin.  Report submitted to Interbasin Biota Transfer Studies Program, Water Resources Research Institute, Fargo, ND.

This resource should be cited as:

Peterka, John J. and Todd M. Koel.  1996.  Distribution and dispersal of fishes in the Red River basin.  Report submitted to Interbasin Biota Transfer Studies Program, Water Resources Research Institute, Fargo, ND.  Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.  http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/fish/fishred/index.htm (Version 29AUG97).


See Distribution of Fishes in the Red River of the North Basin on Multivariate Environmental Gradients for further information on fish species of the Red River Basin.

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