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Biodiversity of fishes in the Wabash River: status, indicators, and threats.

ABSTRACT. Anthropogenic an·thro·po·gen·ic  
1. Of or relating to anthropogenesis.

2. Caused by humans: anthropogenic degradation of the environment.
 impacts on native Wabash River Wabash River

River, flowing westward across Indiana, U.S. After crossing Indiana, the Wabash forms the 200-mi (320-km) southern section of the Indiana-Illinois boundary below Terre Haute, Ind.
 fish species have caused extinctions, fragmentation and loss of habitat, and range reductions that have imperiled species. Seven species that have been extirpated include the alligator gar (Zool.) one of the gar pikes (Lepidosteus spatula) found in the southern rivers of the United States. The name is also applied to other species of gar pikes.

See also: Alligator
 (Atractosteus spatula spatula /spat·u·la/ (spach´u-lah) [L.]
1. a wide, flat, blunt, usually flexible instrument of little thickness, used for spreading material on a smooth surface.

2. a spatulate structure.
), harelip sucker The Harelip Sucker (Moxostoma lacerum) was a species of ray-finned fish in the Catostomidae family. It was found only in the United States. Source
  • World Conservation Monitoring Centre 1996. Moxostoma lacerum. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
 (Moxostoma lacerum), crystal darter The crystal darter (Crystallaria asprella) is a small North American fish found in small, moderate, and swift rivers in the drainage basins of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, however it is now extirpated from a majority of its range along the Ohio River.  (Crystallaria asprella), saddleback Saddleback

see Wessex saddleback.
 darter darter or anhinga (ănhĭng`gə), common name for a very slender, black water bird very closely related to the cormorant.  (Percina vigil), channel darter The Channel Darter (Percina copelandi) is a member of the Perch family, Percidae, and subfamily Etheostomatinae. This species has been identified as Threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).  (Percina copelandi), stargazing darter The stargazing darter (Percina uranidea) is a species of fish in the Percidae family. It is endemic to the United States. Source
  • Gimenez Dixon, M. 1996. Percina uranidea. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 04 August 2007.
 (Percina uranidea), and popeye shiner shiner: see minnow.

Any of several small freshwater fishes (genera Notemigonus and Notropis, family Cyprinidae). The common shiner (Notropis cornutus) is a blue and silver minnow up to 8 in. (20 cm) long.
 (Notropis ariommus). The harelip sucker occurred in the Tippecanoe River The Tippecanoe River is a gentle, 225 mile (362 km) long river in northern Indiana that flows from Lake Tippecanoe in Kosciusko County to the Wabash River near Battle Ground, about twelve miles northeast of Lafayette.  but became extinct during the early 1900s. Banded pygmy sunfish Elassoma is a genus of freshwater fish, the only member of family Elassomatidae and suborder Elassomatoidei of order Perciformes. The type species is E. zonatum, the banded pygmy sunfish.  (Elassoma zonatum) may be extirpated from Indiana, but the species status is unknown. Habitat loss has also caused the local extirpation ex·tir·pa·tion
The surgical removal of an organ, part of an organ, or diseased tissue.

 of spotted darter The spotted darter (Etheostoma maculatum) is a species of fish in the Percidae family. It is endemic to the United States. Source
  • Gimenez Dixon, M. 1996. Etheostoma maculatum. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 04 August 2007.
 (Etheostoma maculatum), greater redhorse The greater redhorse, Moxostoma valenciennesi, is a species of freshwater fish endemic to states in the northcentral and northeastern United States as well as Ontario and Quebec in Canada.  (Moxostoma valenciennesi), and northern madtom madtom: see catfish.  (Noturus stigmosus). Range reductions have influenced the distribution of northern brook lamprey The Northern Brook Lamprey or Ichthyomyzon fossor is a fish typically found in North America.

Lampreys are identified as a long and slender fish, but lacking lower jaws which results in a downward facing mouth. Its body has no scales.
 (Ichthyornyzon fossor), lake sturgeon (Zool.) a sturgeon (Acipenser rubicundus), of moderate size, found in the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River. It is used as food.

See also: Lake
 (Acipenser fulvescens), cisco (Coregonus artedii), and gilt darter (Percina evides). Currently, five species on the endangered list for Indiana (50%) occur in the Wabash River. As sensitive species have declined in abundance, some species have increased in distribution and relative abundance: tippecanoe darter (Etheostoma tippecanoe), harlequin darter (Etheostoma histrio), and eastern sand darter The eastern sand darter (Etheostoma pellucidum) is a species of fish in the Percidae family. It is found in Canada and the United States. Source
  • Gimenez Dixon, M. 1996. Etheostoma pellucidum. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
 (Ammocrypta pellucida). Intensive evaluations of the Tippecanoe and Wabash Rivers have shown increasing threats. Perhaps the greatest threat to the aquatic biodiversity of the Wabash River fish assemblage is the influence of exotic fish species, with the impact of the Asiatic carps (grass (Ctenopharyngodon idella), bighead bighead

a general swelling of the head.

equine bighead
see osteodystrophia fibrosa.

ovine bighead
a form of malignant edema due to Clostridium novyi in rams, usually the result of fighting.
 (Hypothalmichthys nobilis), and silver (H. molitrix) carps) of looming concern.

Keywords: Biodiversity, status, threatened and endangered species endangered species, any plant or animal species whose ability to survive and reproduce has been jeopardized by human activities. In 1999 the U.S. government, in accordance with the U.S. , alien species


The Wabash River flows through the heartland of the Corn Belt Corn Belt, major agricultural region of the U.S. Midwest where corn acreage once exceeded that of any other crop. It is now commonly called the Feed Grains and Livestock Belt.  Plain and is perhaps the lifeblood of the midwestern United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . Perhaps no other river has been so prominently mentioned regarding the history of North American North American

named after North America.

North American blastomycosis
see North American blastomycosis.

North American cattle tick
see boophilusannulatus.
 ichthyology ichthyology

the study of fishes.
 than the Wabash River. As a result of the influence and allure of this river, more long-term studies of large-river fishes (Forbes & Richardson 1920; Gammon 2000) may have been conducted in the Wabash River than any other North American river. In the lower Wabash River, continuous studies at the same sites have been conducted since 1905 by the State of Illinois (Forbes & Richardson 1905), while in Indiana the middle Wabash River has been studied since 1966 (Gammon 2000).

The Wabash River possesses a rich legacy of ichthyological investigations (Rafinesque 1820; Lesueur 1846; Cope 1868, 1870; Jordan 1877; Jordan & Copeland 1877; Swain 1883; Forbes & Richardson 1905). Perhaps more renowned ichthyologists may have waded in the Wabash River and its major tributaries than in any other North American river.

The purpose of this paper is to describe significant contributions that have been accomplished in the Wabash River drainage in the fields of ichthyology and fisheries biology. This paper describes contributions in the study of fish diversity, patterns in large river structure and function, and current threats to fish assemblage stability.


Among the most famous ichthyologists and fisheries biologists who have traversed the Wabash River are Samuel Constantine Rafinesque, Charles A. LeSueur, Edwin Drinker Cope, David Starr Jordan David Starr Jordan, Ph.D., LL.D. (January 19, 1851 – September 19, 1931) was a leading ichthyologist (the study of fish), educator and peace activist. He was president of Indiana University and Stanford University. , Stephen A. Forbes, Charles H. Gilbert, and James R. Gammon.

Samuel Constantine Rafinesque (1783-1840) was an eccentric naturalist who was born in Galata, a suburb of Constantinople.

Rafinesque came to the United States in 1818, where he settled in Kentucky and collected various kinds of biological specimens including fish, plants, a wide variety of invertebrates, and other vertebrate animals. Rafinesque spent a significant amount of his career studying the fauna and flora of the Ohio River Ohio River

Major river, eastern central U.S. Formed by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, it flows northwest out of Pennsylvania, and west and southwest to form the state boundaries of Ohio–West Virginia, Ohio-Kentucky, Indiana-Kentucky, and
 basin, but also evaluated fishes from the Wabash River (Call 1985). Generally, Rafinesque described organisms from memory and published his work in a series of articles. His work culminated in the Ichthyologia Ohiensis, which set North American ichthyology back considerably (Rafinesque 1820). Rafinesque, while traveling through the Ohio River valley, befriended James Audubon and lodged at his cabin in Henderson, Kentucky Henderson is a city located in Henderson County, along the Ohio River in Western Kentucky. It was called "Red Banks" by the native Americans who originally lived and hunted there because of the reddish clay soil on the banks of the river. . Legend records that during one of these stays, Rafinesque was awakened by bats flying around the cabin. Rafinesque grabbed Audubon's violin and swatted at the bats, ultimately destroying the violin. Audubon got even with Rafinesque by illustrating hypothetical fishes that represented mixtures of several species. Audubon brought these drawings to Rafinesque, who described them as new species. In part, this was the basis for years of frustration and confusion (Agassiz 1855; Jordan 1876).

Charles Alexandre Lesueur Charles Alexandre Lesueur (January 1, 1778-December 12, 1846) was a French naturalist, artist and explorer.

Lesueur was born in Le Havre.

In 1801 he traveled to Australia as artist on the expedition of Nicolas Baudin.
 (1778-1846) was considered among the most prominent ichthyologists of the early 19th century. Lesueur was born in France and studied with Professors Culver and Valenciennes from the Museum of Natural History in Paris, France. He came to North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere.  and settled in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
, where he began studies of North American freshwater fishes. He was among the prominent scientists who left the Philadelphia Academy of Science on the "Boatload boat·load  
The number of passengers or the amount of cargo that a boat can hold.

Noun 1. boatload - the amount of cargo that can be held by a boat or ship or a freight car; "he imported wine by the boatload"
 of Knowledge," which was a group of well-known scientists that relocated to New Harmony New Harmony, town (1990 pop. 846), Posey co., SW Ind., on the Wabash River; founded 1814 by the Harmony Society under George Rapp. In 1825 the Harmonists sold their holdings to Robert Owen and moved to Economy, Pa., where their sect survived into the early 1900s.  by traveling down the Ohio River and settled on the banks of the Wabash River. Lesueur joined the experimental New Harmony socialistic so·cial·is·tic  
Of, advocating, or tending toward socialism.

 colony around 1820 and was there for a short time. Lesueur studied freshwater fishes of the Wabash River, but due to frustrations with other scientists at New Harmony left the settlement and returned to France before completing his treatise of North American fishes.

Edwin Drinker Cope (1840-1897) was among the first ichthyologists to have described fish from Indiana during explorations of the Virginia territory. Cope was a biologist with the Academy of Natural History in Philadelphia and became famous for the large number of dinosaurs he found. His feuds with Othniel C. Marsh, American Museum of Natural History American Museum of Natural History, incorporated in New York City in 1869 to promote the study of natural science and related subjects. Buildings on its present site were opened in 1877. , were known as the dinosaur wars. Cope, as was true of many scientists of his time, studied all aspects of natural history, including herpetology, ichthyology, and paleontology paleontology (pā'lēəntŏl`əjē) [Gr.,= study of early beings], science of the life of past geologic periods based on fossil remains. . It is not clear if Cope may have sampled in Indiana or if he described species that had been sent to him by other collectors, but he described species from the White River near Indianapolis and from the Wabash River near Lafayette (Cope 1867, 1868, 1870). Cope was posthumously recognized by the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) is an international organization devoted to the scientific studies of ichthyology (study of fish) and herpetology (study of reptiles and amphibians).  when they named their journal "Copeia" in his honor.

David Starr Jordan (1851-1931) was perhaps the most influential of all American ichthyologists. He began his career in Indiana and is considered the "Father of modern ichthyology." All current ichthyologists can trace their educational "roots" back to Jordan in some manner. Jordan had an illustrious career that began at Butler University North Western Christian University was the name when the school opened on November 1, 1855, at what is now 13th and College, with no president, 2 professors, and 20 students. In 1875, the university moved to a 25-acre campus in Irvington. , continued at Indiana University Indiana University, main campus at Bloomington; state supported; coeducational; chartered 1820 as a seminary, opened 1824. It became a college in 1828 and a university in 1838. The medical center (run jointly with Purdue Univ. , and terminated at Stanford University Stanford University, at Stanford, Calif.; coeducational; chartered 1885, opened 1891 as Leland Stanford Junior Univ. (still the legal name). The original campus was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. David Starr Jordan was its first president. . While Jordan was in Indiana, he retraced the footsteps of Rafinesque and unraveled the mystery of many Ohio River fishes (Jordan 1876), and then studied fishes in the White River drainage contributing substantially to the description of new species; and, all the while, training students in the understanding of fishes. Jordan, along with Barton Warren Evermann Barton Warren Evermann (October 24, 1853–September 27, 1932) was an American ichthyologist. He was born in Monroe County, Iowa, and graduated from Indiana University in 1886. For 10 years, he served as teacher and superintendent of schools in Indiana and California. , co-authored the treatise entitled, "Fishes of North and Middle America Middle America 1

A region of southern North America comprising Mexico, Central America, and sometimes the West Indies.

Middle American adj. & n.
," which was considered the definitive study on fishes. Jordan, while at Butler University, was known for his collecting trips and travels across North America instructing students in geology, natural history, and the customs of local people. Jordan's exploits are legendary, and he published extensively with his students. After leaving Indiana, Jordan purchased and had shipped to Stanford University the Indiana University fish collection. This material is currently curated at the California Academy of Science. Jordan conducted extensive studies for the Bureau of Fisheries, the United States Fisheries Commission, and surveyed the marine fishes of Japan, Hawaii, and the southeastern United States. Jordan was highly honored and respected by his students and is credited with the development of college majors.


Charles Henry Gilbert Charles Henry Gilbert (5 December 1859-1928) was an American ichthyologist who worked with Seth Eugene Meek and David Starr Jordan.[1] Later he became a professor at Stanford University, and studied the marine fisheries of the Pacific northwest. Notes

 (1859-1928) became an early associate of David Starr Jordan. He first met Jordan while a high school student. Gilbert followed Jordan and studied under him first at Butler University. Later, when Jordan went to Indiana University, Gilbert followed him and received his masters and doctorate degrees. Gilbert was the first individual to receive a doctoral degree from Indiana University. He studied fishes in the White River and followed Jordan to Stanford University, where he became a professor in the Department of Zoology zoology, branch of biology concerned with the study of animal life. From earliest times animals have been vitally important to man; cave art demonstrates the practical and mystical significance animals held for prehistoric man. . According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 some, Gilbert was perhaps best known for his studies of western North American fishes. He was the senior scientist on the voyages of the Albatross albatross (ăl`bətrôs), common name for sea birds of the order of tube-nosed swimmers (Procellari-iformes), which includes petrels, shearwaters, and fulmars. , which studied marine fishes and surveyed the Hawaiian Islands. His devotion to Jordan lasted until the end of his life.

Stephen Alfred Forbes Stephen Alfred Forbes (1844–1930) was the first Chief of the Illinois Natural History Survey[1], a founder of aquatic ecosystem science and a dominant figure in the rise of American ecology.  (1844-1930) was the founder of the Illinois Natural History Survey. Forbes studied pollution events in the Illinois River Illinois River

River, northeastern Illinois, U.S. Formed by the junction of the Des Plaines River and Kankakee River in Illinois, it flows southwest across the state, joining the Mississippi River after a course of 273 mi (440 km).
, and ultimately conducted surveys of streams and rivers in Illinois List of rivers in Illinois (U.S. state), sorted by name. Apple to Fox
  • Apple River
  • Big Muddy River
  • Beaucoup Creek
  • Boneyard Creek
  • Bonpas Creek
  • Cache River
  • Calumet River
  • Casey Creek, also known as Casey Fork Creek
  • Chicago River
 that were published in the "Fishes of Illinois" (Forbes & Richardson 1905, 1920). Sites established by Forbes & Richardson that were sampled along the border of the lower Wabash River have contributed significantly to our knowledge of the Wabash River prior to drainage of its extensive wetlands.

James R. Gammon (1936-present) studied fish ecology and the impacts of thermal pollution thermal pollution: see water pollution.  on the structure and function of fish assemblages in large rivers. Gammon was a Professor at DePauw University DePauw University, at Greencastle, Ind.; coeducational; United Methodist; est. 1832, chartered 1837. The school opened in 1838 as Indiana Asbury College, and in 1884 the present name was adopted. . Gammon had significant influence on the development of large river standard operating methods, development of assessment indices, and provided a long-term database that evaluated the middle Wabash River for over 30 years (Gammon 2000).


Fishes of the Wabash River drainage.--The Wabash River has 151 native fish species (Table 1). This could well be the most native fish species of any drainage in the Ohio River basin. The two principal tributaries, the West Fork West Fork may be:
  • The city of West Fork, Arkansas, USA
  • The West Fork River in West Virginia, USA
 White River (including the lower White River and the East Fork East Fork is the name of the following places in the United States of America:
  • East Fork, Arizona
  • East Fork, Pennsylvania
  • East Fork, California
  • East Fork State Park, Ohio
See also East Fork Township, a disambiguation page
 White River), have 126 species.

The State of Indiana has listed seven "Endangered" and five "Special Concern" species that occur in the Wabash River drainage (Table 1). The State defines endangered species as any animal species whose prospects for survival or recruitment within the state are in immediate jeopardy and are in danger of disappearing from the state. This includes all species classified as endangered by the federal government which are known to occur in Indiana. Special concern is defined as any animal species about which some problems of limited abundance or distribution in Indiana are known or suspected and should be closely monitored. Seven species are classified as State Endangered species, and they include the bantam sunfish sunfish, common name for members of the family Centrachidae, comprising numerous species of spiny-finned, freshwater fishes with deep, laterally flattened bodies found in temperate North America.  (Lepomis symmetricus), greater redhorse (Moxostoma valenciennesi), lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens), northern brook lamprey (Ichthyomyzon fossor), channel darter (Percina copelandi), and redside dace (Clinostomus elongatus), which are found within the Wabash River basin, but may be limited to either single sites or less than 10 locations. The banded pygmy sunfish (Elassoma zonatum) may be extirpated from Indiana, but the species status is unknown. The banded sunfish The Banded sunfish (Enneacanthus obesus) is an endangered fish. References
  • Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection - Endangered, Threatened & Special Concern Fish
 is classified as special concern. Other species occurring in the Wabash River drainage that are classified as special concern include, northern madtom (Noturus stigmosus), spotted darter (Etheostoma maculatum), tippecanoe darter (E. tippecanoe), and western sand darter (Zool.) a small etheostomoid fish of the Ohio valley (Ammocrypta pellucida).

See also: Sand
 (Ammocrypta clara).

Type locations.--Nine species of fishes have been described from the Wabash River system (Table 2), including two species that were described from the Wabash River proper and another two species from direct tributaries. The shovelnose sturgeon The shovelnose sturgeon, Scaphirhynchus platorynchus, is a species of sturgeon native to the United States of America. References
  • Sturgeon Specialist Group (1996). Scaphyrhynchus platorynchus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
, river redhorse The river redhorse, Moxostoma carinatum, is a species of freshwater fish endemic to the eastern half of the United States and southeastern Canada. Their weight ranges from 2-10 lbs. , grass pickerel pickerel: see pike.

Any of several North American pikes (family Esocidae), distinguished from the northern pike and muskellunge by their smaller size, completely scaled cheeks and gill covers, and banded or chainlike markings.
, and Tippecanoe darter were described from the Wabash River system. The other five species were described from the White River system in the vicinity of Indianapolis.

History of extirpations.--Seven fish species, including a single species that is now extinct, have been extirpated from the Wabash River drainage. The harelip sucker (Moxostoma lacerum), known from the Tippecanoe River, was always considered rare; but it is not known what caused the species' demise. Some speculate that the extinction may have been due to either habitat changes or environmental degradation Environmental degradation is the deterioration of the environment through depletion of resources such as air, water and soil; the destruction of ecosystems and the extinction of wildlife. .

The alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) has not been collected from the Wabash River drainage since the turn of the 19th century. The species had been associated with the extensive riverine riv·er·ine  
1. Relating to or resembling a river.

2. Located on or inhabiting the banks of a river; riparian: "Members of a riverine tribe ...
 wetlands surrounding the Wabash River, but with the draining of these wetlands during the late 19th century, the species has been locally extirpated.

Several darters were last collected from the lower Wabash River near New Harmony near the late 1890s (Gerking 1945). The crystal darter (Crystallaria asprella), stargazing darter (Percina uranidea), and saddleback darter (Percina vigil) are large-river fish that are found on riffle habitats (Page 1983; Kuehne & Barbour 1983). Few riffle habitats remain in the lower Wabash River, perhaps as a result of river meandering.

The popeye shiner (Notropis ariommus) and channel darter (Percina copelandi) were originally described from the White River near Indianapolis (Cope 1867; Jordan 1877). This shiner has not been collected from the White River since the end of the 19th century (Cope 1868). The channel darter is an inhabitant INHABITANT. One who has his domicil in a place is an inhabitant of that place; one who has an actual fixed residence in a place.
     2. A mere intention to remove to a place will not make a man an inhabitant of such place, although as a sign of such intention he
 of large, deep rivers and has not been collected in the White River since being described by Jordan (1877). A single record of the channel darter was published by Carney et al. (1993); however, upon inspection of the specimen at the Illinois Natural History Survey it was observed that the specimen was actually a slenderhead darter (Percina phox ocephala) (T.P. Simon & B.E. Fisher unpubl. data).

The banded pygmy sunfish was originally known from the lower Wabash River in the extensive backwater swamps. The species was reported by Forbes & Richardson (1905, 1920), but has not been seen since. Although the species may be still present in cypress swamps along the lower Ohio River, it is doubtful that the species is still present in Indiana. Recent on-going surveys since the early 1990s have not found any specimens. The draining of the extensive backwater wetlands along the lower Wabash River is the probable cause Apparent facts discovered through logical inquiry that would lead a reasonably intelligent and prudent person to believe that an accused person has committed a crime, thereby warranting his or her prosecution, or that a Cause of Action has accrued, justifying a civil lawsuit.  of this species extirpation.

Range changes.--Seven fish species have been either extirpated from the Wabash River drainage or have experienced range reductions. They include the northern brook lamprey (Ichthyomyzon fossor), lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens), lake herring (Coregonus artedii), greater redhorse (Moxostoma valenciennesi), northern madtom (Noturus stigmosus), spotted darter (Etheostoma maculatum), and gilt darter (Percina evides). Three species have increased their range, including the eastern sand darter (Ammocrypta pellucida), harlequin darter (Etheostoma histrio), and Tippecanoe darter (E. tippecanoe).

The northern brook lamprey is known in Indiana from the Galena River Galena River may refer to
  • Galena River (Illinois), tributary of the Mississippi River in northwest Illinois
  • Galena River (Indiana), in northern Indiana, becoming the South Branch of the Galien River in Michigan
, Lake Michigan basin The Michigan Basin is a geologic basin centered on the lower peninsula of the US state of Michigan. The feature is represented by a nearly circular pattern of geologic sedimentary strata in the area with a nearly uniform structural dip toward the center of the peninsula. , and from a few locations in the Tippecanoe River, Fulton County
  • Fulton County is the name of a number of counties in the United States of America, most named for Robert Fulton, inventor of the first practical steamboat:
 (unpubl. data). Aggressive lampricide treatment of streams to control sea lamprey lamprey, name for several primitive marine and freshwater fishes of the order Cyclostomata, or jawless fishes (see cyclostome). As in the other member of the order, the hagfish, the adult lamprey retains the notochord, the supporting structure that in higher  (Petromyzon marinus) populations in the Lake Michigan basin may have caused the local extirpation of native non-parasitic lampreys.

Lake sturgeon were once known from the Wabash River near Cayuga and throughout the main channel of the Wabash River (Blatchley 1935). Due to the species' large size and difficulty of collecting individuals from main channel habitats, little is known of the species status in the Wabash River. It is assumed that the species has been locally extirpated from the Wabash River, but a small population exists in the East Fork White River beneath Williams Dam (T.P. Simon, unpubl, data; B.E. Fisher, pers. comm.). This may be the only population remaining in the Ohio River drainage.

The lake herring has seen extensive range reduction as a result of cultural eutrophication Cultural eutrophication is the process that speeds up natural eutrophication because of human activity. Due to clearing of land and building of towns and cities, runoff water is accelerated and more nutrients such as phosphates and nitrate are supplied to the lakes and ponds.  and the loss of the thermocline ther·mo·cline  
A layer in a large body of water, such as a lake, that sharply separates regions differing in temperature, so that the temperature gradient across the layer is abrupt.
 in many glacial lakes (Pearson 2001). The species has been locally extirpated from most of the known lakes within the Tippecanoe River system (Table 3).

The greater redhorse is rare in the Wabash River drainage and was previously known from only a few locations in Vigo County (Whitaker & Wallace 1973) and from the Eel River Eel River may refer to:
  • Eel River (California), a river in California in the United States
  • Eel River (Indiana), two rivers in Indiana in the United States, one in the north and the other in the south
 watershed upstream of Logansport (Braun 1984). Sampling at previously known collection localities in the Wabash River and tributaries (Vigo County) has shown that the species has been locally extirpated. Currently, the species is found only in the Eel River watershed in Indiana and has not been collected anywhere else in the Ohio River drainage.

The northern madtom has not been collected from the Tippecanoe River since the late 1800s (Gerking 1945). The species has been recently reported from the Tippecanoe River, but specimen identity is unconfirmed. As a result, the current status of the species is unknown. The northern madtom has been collected from the mainstem Ohio River near Evansville at water depths of 18.6 m (B.E. Fisher unpubl. data).

The spotted darter was last collected from the Tippecanoe River in 1985 from a large riffle downstream of Winamec, Fulton County (Carney et al. 1993; T.P. Simon unpubl. data). The species has not been collected from the Wabash River drainage, but the species has been found in the East Fork White River downstream of Shoals (B.E. Fisher pers. comm.).

The gilt darter was originally found throughout the West Fork White River from Marion to Morgan County Morgan County is the name of a number of counties in the United States of America, generally named for Daniel Morgan, Revolutionary War General:
  • Morgan County, Alabama
  • Morgan County, Colorado
  • Morgan County, Georgia
  • Morgan County, Illinois
 (Marguilles et al. 1980). The type locality type locality
1. Biology The place or source where a holotype or type specimen was found.

2. Geology The place or region in which a rock, series of rock, or formation is typically exposed.
 for the gilt darter is the West Fork White River near Indianapolis. The gilt darter has been extirpated from its type locality but is considered currently stable, being found only in the middle Tippecanoe River from Rochester to Lake Shafer Lake Shafer is one of two man-made lakes located in the Twin Lakes area of Monticello, Indiana. It was created along with Lake Freeman in the 1920's when two dams were built outside of Monticello on the Tippecanoe River.  (B.E. Fisher pers. comm.).

The eastern sand darter has remained stable or increased in distribution throughout the Wabash River, but has not expanded in the White River watershed (B.E. Fisher pers. comm.). The species is found in the Tippecanoe River and from the Wabash River mainstem upstream to the Eel River, including many tributaries. The species is found over clean sand with moderate current.

The harlequin darter was considered to be extirpated from Indiana for more than a century (Whitaker & Gammon 1988). However, in the early 1990s, Simon & Kiley (1993) found the species in the lower White River and upper East Fork White River watershed, as did Greg Seegert (pers. comm.). Harlequin darters are found on woody debris in moderate-to fast-flowing waters. The harlequin darter has been collected continuously from the mouth of the Patoka River The Patoka River is a tributary of the Wabash River, approximately 138 mi (222 km) long, in southwestern Indiana in the United States. It drains a largely rural area of forested bottomland and agricultural lands among the hills north of Evansville.  up the Wabash River to the mouth of the White River, and continuing upstream of Columbus in the Sugar Creek Sugar Creek may refer to:

Cities and towns:
  • Sugar Creek, Iowa, a township in Poweshiek County
  • Sugar Creek, Missouri, a city in Jackson and Clay County
  • Sugar Creek, Wisconsin, a town in Walworth County
 watershed. The species is currently expanding into the West Fork White River and occurs as far north as Richland Creek (B.E. Fisher pers. comm.).

Finally, the tippecanoe darter has probably not expanded its range greatly, but more efficient sampling techniques have enabled more extensive collection (Simon 2005). Trautman (1980) has shown that abundance in Ohio can change dramatically based on annual recruitment. The Tippecanoe darter is found from the Tippecanoe River from Delong (Marshland) to the mouth with the Wabash River (Jordan & Evermann 1890), and has been collected in the lower East Fork downstream of Williams dam to Shoals (B.E. Fisher pers. comm.).

Threat of alien invasion
This article is about invasion by extra-terrestrial beings as a theme; for other uses of the term, see Alien invasion (disambiguation).
The alien invasion
.--The first wave of alien invasion occurred with the transplant of the common carp (Cyprinus carpio Cyprinus carpio

farmed finfish in family Cyprinidae. Called also common carp. See Table 23.
) and goldfish (Carassius auratus Carassius auratus

see goldfish.
) into North America. These species became established and naturalized nat·u·ral·ize  
v. nat·u·ral·ized, nat·u·ral·iz·ing, nat·u·ral·iz·es
1. To grant full citizenship to (one of foreign birth).

2. To adopt (something foreign) into general use.
 after being introduced into the mainstem rivers and streams with the intention that they might become food or game fish. Both species reach very large sizes and contribute to commercial fishery in their native habitats.

The common carp has been introduced throughout North America, and there is not a drainage or state that does not include this species. Carp are ubiquitously found throughout the Wabash River drainage. Goldfish have been much less successful in colonizing the streams and rivers of North America and are nearly absent from the Wabash River drainage. They are typically found only in the most degraded habitats in the White River watershed in the Central Canal The central canal is the cerebrospinal fluid-filled space that runs longitudinally through the length of the entire spinal cord. The central canal is contiguous with the ventricular system of the brain. The central canal represents the adult remainder of the neural tube.  in downtown Indianapolis The term Downtown Indianapolis refers to the central business district, or CBD, of Indianapolis, Indiana. The boundaries of Downtown Indianapolis vary; the original mile square of Indianapolis is considered to be the true "downtown", though some may consider downtown's boundaries .

The second wave of Asiatic aliens may prove to be much more devastating dev·as·tate  
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.

2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark.
 to native fish species than the first. Four large Asian species have been imported by the aquaculture aquaculture, the raising and harvesting of fresh- and saltwater plants and animals. The most economically important form of aquaculture is fish farming, an industry that accounts for an ever increasing share of world fisheries production.  industry and have escaped into the wild. The grass carp grass carp

see ctenopharyngodon iedella.
 (Ctenopharyngodon idella), also known as the white amur, was imported into Alabama and Arkansas from eastern Asia in 1963 to control aquatic vegetation (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service unpubl, data). An adult grass carp has been reported to eat 45 kg (99.2 lbs) of vegetation per day. The grass carp is widespread in the Wabash and lower White rivers. Individuals have been caught by anglers as far north as Lafayette (Tippecanoe County), and to the junction of the East and West Forks of the White rivers.

The bighead carp bighead carp

 (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) was brought to Arkansas in 1972 from eastern China by a private fish farmer to control plankton plankton: see marine biology.

Marine and freshwater organisms that, because they are unable to move or are too small or too weak to swim against water currents, exist in a drifting, floating state.
 in culture ponds. The species escaped in the early 1980s. The bighead carp feed near the surface of rivers on organisms such as zooplankton zooplankton: see marine biology.

Small floating or weakly swimming animals that drift with water currents and, with phytoplankton, make up the planktonic food supply on which almost all oceanic organisms ultimately depend (see
 and aquatic insect larvae Larvae, in Roman religion
Larvae: see lemures.
 and adults. Bighead carp have been observed schooling with paddlefish paddlefish, large freshwater fish, Polyodon spathula, of the Mississippi valley, also called spoonbill or duckbill and named for its flattened, paddle-shaped snout. The largest specimens weigh well over 150 lb (67.5 kg) and reach 6 ft (183 cm) in length.  (Polyodon spathula). This species is also in direct competition with bigmouth buffalo The bigmouth buffalo, Ictiobus cyprinellus, also known as the gourd head, redmouth buffalo, buffalo fish roundhead, or brown buffalo, is a large species of the Catostomidae or "sucker" family.  (Ictiobus cyprinellus), gizzard shad (Zool.) an American herring (Dorosoma cepedianum) resembling the shad, but of little value.

See also: Gizzard
 (Dorosoma cepedianum), all larval larval

1. pertaining to larvae.

2. larvate.

larval migrans
see cutaneous and visceral larva migrans.
 and juvenile fishes, and native mussels. Individuals are known to grow to be about 39.5 kg (88 lbs) and 1.2 m (4 ft). Bighead carp have been collected in the middle Wabash River, middle West Fork of the White River, and the lower White River near Petersburg, Gibson County Gibson County is the name of several counties in the United States:
  • Gibson County, Indiana
  • Gibson County, Tennessee

The silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) was brought by an Arkansas fish farmer to the U.S. from Asia in 1973 to control phytoplankton phytoplankton

Flora of freely floating, often minute organisms that drift with water currents. Like land vegetation, phytoplankton uses carbon dioxide, releases oxygen, and converts minerals to a form animals can use.
 and possibly for use as a food fish. Silver carp have also been used in sewage lagoons to control algae algae (ăl`jē) [plural of Lat. alga=seaweed], a large and diverse group of primarily aquatic plantlike organisms. These organisms were previously classified as a primitive subkingdom of the plant kingdom, the thallophytes (plants that . The silver carp escaped in the early 1980s into the Mississippi River Mississippi River

River, central U.S. It rises at Lake Itasca in Minnesota and flows south, meeting its major tributaries, the Missouri and the Ohio rivers, about halfway along its journey to the Gulf of Mexico.
 basin. This fish is a very proficient feeder that has gill rakers that are fused into sponge-like porous plates. Silver carp can consume 2-3X their weight in plankton each day. Because of its preferred food items, the silver carp is in direct competition with all native fish larvae and juveniles, adult paddlefish, bigmouth buffalo, gizzard shad, and native mussels. These fish can grow to be over 1 m (3 ft) in length and about 27.24 kg (60 lbs).

The most recent escaped Asian carp is the black carp Indigenous to China, the black carp, Mylopharyngodon piceus is widely cultivated for food and for Chinese medicine. The black carp grows to a length of up to three feet (1 m), and over 70 pounds (32 kg), generally feeding on snails and mussels.  (Mylopharyngodon piceus), which was brought to the U.S. in the early 1970s from eastern Asia. The black carp and grass carp resemble each other except that the black carp has fused pharyngeal pharyngeal /pha·ryn·ge·al/ (fah-rin´je-al) pertaining to the pharynx.

pha·ryn·geal or pha·ryn·gal
Of, relating to, located in, or coming from the pharynx.
 teeth that are used

in crushing shells of mollusks and crustaceans, the primary food of black carp. In the 1980s, black carp was imported for use as a food fish and to control the spread of trematodes (parasites) in snails at catfish farms. The only known record of escape occurred in 1994 in Missouri, when 30 or more black carp escaped with several thousand bighead carp into the Osage River Osage River

River, western Missouri, U.S. Formed by the junction of the Marais des Cygnes and Little Osage rivers, it is about 500 mi (800 km) long and is one of the principal tributaries of the Missouri River.
 in Missouri. Black carp have reached the size of 1.29 m (4.3 ft) and over 35.87 kg (79 lbs).

The effect of Asian carp on the North American fish assemblages has still not been fully realized. It is unclear when population numbers from the second invasion will stabilize. Asian carps There are many species of heavy-bodied cyprinid fishes collectively known as Asian carps. Heavy-bodied cyprinids from the subcontinent (for example Catla Catla catla and mrigal Cirrhinus cirrhosus  have the potential of affecting phytoplankton, zooplankton, and molluscan mol·lus·can also mol·lus·kan  
Of or relating to the mollusks.

A mollusk.
 assemblages. In addition, these carps may also change the biomass and structure of native fish assemblages. The four Asian species' prolific spawning capacity and large size can reduce native species biomass.

The Wabash River system has experienced significant physical and biological changes as a result of anthropogenic effects. Drainage of wetlands has caused the loss of alligator gar and possibly the banded pygmy sunfish. Changes in the lower Wabash River have resulted in the extirpation of the crystal darter, stargazing darter, and saddleback darter. Range reduction has affected another seven species. Change in water quality, landscape and land use have reduced native fish species biodiversity and have increased Asiatic alien invaders that have restructured the fish assemblage of the Wabash River drainage. The release and escape of grass, silver, and bighead carp into the Mississippi River has seen these species spread into the lower and middle Wabash River and the lower portions of the East and West Forks of the White River. An unknown impact will be the invasion of the black carp. This species has the potential to cause the destruction of native mollusk mollusk: see Mollusca.
 or mollusc

Any of some 75,000 species of soft-bodied invertebrate animals (phylum Mollusca), many of which are wholly or partly enclosed in a calcium carbonate shell secreted by the mantle, a soft
 species, thus further affecting native drainage ecosystems.


I want to thank James R. Gammon for his friendship; and on behalf of every fisheries biologist, ichthyologist ich·thy·ol·o·gy  
The branch of zoology that deals with the study of fishes.

, and fish ecologist, we extend our appreciation for his significant contributions to our knowledge of the Wabash River fish assemblage. The long-term study of the Wabash River, including aspects of fisheries biology and our understanding of large river biology, has benefited in numerous ways by his dedication. Numerous individuals have contributed to our understanding of the Wabash River, yet so much more needs to be learned. Although this study may have been funded entirely or in part by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, no endorsement by that agency is intended or inferred.

Manuscript received 7 June 2006, revised 17 October 2006.


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Table 1.--Distribution and habitats of fishes of the Wabash River
drainage. EP = extirpated; N = native species; NI = possibly
introduced, but considered native; EX = extinct; and I = introduced.


                                Low-             Big
Species                         Land   Upland   River   Stream   Creek

  Icthyomyzon bdellium           X       X        X       X
  Icthyomyzon castaneus          X       X        X       X
  Icthyomyzon fossor                     X                X        X
  Icthyomyzon unicuspis          X       X        X       X
  Lampetra aepyptera                     X                X        X
  Lampetra appendix                      X                X        X
  Acipenser fulvescens           X                X
  Scaphirynchus platoryuchus     X                X
  Polyodon spathula              X                X
  Atractosteus spatula           X                X
  Lepisosteus oculatus           X                X
  Lepisosteus osseus             X       X        X       X
  Lepisosteus platostomus        X                X
  Amia calva                     X                X       X
  Anguilla rostrata              X                X       X
  Alosa chrysochloris            X                X
  Dorosoma cepedianuin           X       X        X       X
  Dorosoma petenense             X                X
  Hiodon alosoides               X                X
  Hiodon tergisus                X                X
  Lota lota                      X                X
  Coregonus artedii              X
  Umbra limi                     X                        X        X
  Esox americanus                X       X                X        X
  Esox lucius                    X       X                X        X
  Esox masquinongy               X       X        X
  Campostoma anomalum                    X                X        X
  Carassius auratus
  Clinostomus elongatus                  X                X
  Ctenopharyngodon idella        X                X
  Cyprinella lutrensis           X                        X        X
  Cyprinella spiloptera                  X        X       X        X
  Cyprinella whipplei                    X                X        X
  Cyprinus carpio                X       X        X       X        X
  Ericymba buccata                       X                X        X
  Erimystax dissimilis                   X                X
  Erimystax x-punctata                   X                X
  Hybognathus hayi               X                X       X
  Hybognathus nuchalis           X                X       X
  Hybopsis amblops                       X                X        X
    molitrix                     X                X
  Hypophthalmichthys nobilis     X                X
  Luxilus chysocephalus                  X                X
  Lythrurus fumeus               X                        X        X
  Lythrurus umbratilis           X       X                X        X
  Macrhybopsis hyostoma          X       X        X       X        X
  Macrhybopsis storeriana        X                X       X
  Nocomis biguttatus                     X                X        X
  Nocomis micropogon                     X                X        X
  Notemigonus crysoleucas        X                        X        X
  Notropis amnis                 X                X       X
  Notropis anogenus              X
  Notropis ariommus                      X        X       X
  Notropis atherinoides          X       X        X       X
  Notropis blennius              X                X
  Notropis boops                         X                X        X
  Notropis buchanani             X                X
  Notropis dorsalis                      X                X        X
  Notropis hudsonius             X                X       X
  Notropis photogenis                    X                X
  Notropis rubellus                      X                X        X
  Notropis shumardi              X                X
  Notropis stramineus                    X                X        X
  Notropis texanus               X
  Notropis volucellus            X       X        X       X
  Opsopoeodus emilae             X                X       X        X
  Phenacobius mirabilis          X       X                X        X
  Phoxinus erythrogaster                 X                         X
  Pimephales notatus             X       X        X       X        X
  Pimephales promelas            X       X                X        X
  Pimephales vigilax             X       X        X       X
  Rhinichthys obtusus                    X                         X
  Semotilus atromaculatus        X       X                X        X
  Carpiodes carpio               X       X        X       X
  Carpiodes cyprinus             X       X        X       X
  Carpiodes velifer              X       X        X       X
  Catostomus commersonii         X       X                X        X
  Cycleptus elongatus            X                X
  Erimyzon oblongus              X       X                X        X
  Erimyzon sucetta               X                        X        X
  Hypentelium nigricans                  X                X        X
  Ictiobus bubalus               X                X       X
  Ictiobus cyprinellus           X                X       X
  Ictiobus niger                 X                X       X
  Minytrema melanops             X       X                X        X
  Moxostoma anisurum             X       X        X       X
  Moxostoma carinatum            X       X        X       X
  Moxostoma duquesnei                    X                X
  Moxostoma erythrurum                   X                X        X
  Moxostoma lacerum                      X                X
  Moxostoma macrolepidotum       X       X        X       X
  Moxostoma valenciennesi        X       X        X
  Ameiurus catus
  Ameiurus melas                 X       X                X        X
  Ameiurus natalis               X       X                X        X
  Ameiurus nebulosus             X       X                X
  Ictalurus furcatus             X                X
  Ictalurus punctatus            X       X        X       X
  Noturus eleutherus                     X                X
  Noturus flavus                         X                X        X
  Noturus gyrinus                X       X                X        X
  Noturus miurus                 X       X                X        X
  Noturus nocturnus              X       X                X        X
  Noturus stigmosus                      X                X
  Pylodictis olivaris            X       X        X       X
  Amblyopsis spelaea                     X
  Aphredoderus sayanus           X                X       X        X
  Fundulus catenatus                     X                X        X
  Fundulus dispar                X                        X
  Fundulus notatus               X       X                X        X
  Gambusia affinis               X                        X        X
  Labidesthes sicculus           X       X                X
  Menidia berylina               X                X
  Culaea inconstans              X       X                         X
  Cottus bairdii                         X                X        X
  Cottus carolinae                       X                X        X
  Morone chrysops                X       X        X       X
  Morone mississippiensis        X                X       X
  Morone saxatilis                                X
  Ambloplites rupestris          X       X                X
  Centrarchus macropterus        X                        X        X
  Lepomis cyanellus              X       X                X        X
  Lepomis gulosus                X       X                X        X
  Lepomis humilis                X       X                X        X
  Lepomis macrochirus            X       X        X       X        X
  Lepomis microlophus            X                X
  Lepomis miniatus               X                        X        X
  Lepomis symmetricus            X                X                X
  Micropterus dolomieu           X       X        X       X
  Micropterus punctulatus                X                X        X
  Micropterus salmoides          X       X        X       X
  Pomoxis annularis              X       X        X       X
  Pomoxis nigromaculatus         X       X        X
  Elassoma zonatum               X                                 X
  Ammocrypta clara               X       X        X       X
  Ammocrypta pellucida                   X                X
  Crystallaria asprella                  X                X
  Etheostoma asprigene           X                X       X
  Etheostoma blennioides                 X                X        X
  Etheostoma caeruleum                   X                X        X
  Etheostoma camurum                     X                X
  Etheostoma chlorosoma          X                        X        X
  Etheostoma exile               X       X                X        X
  Etheostoma flabellare                  X                X        X
  Etheostoma gracile             X                        X        X
  Etheostoma histrio             X       X        X       X
  Etheostoma maculatum                   X                X
  Etheostoma microperca                  X                         X
  Etheostoma nigrum              X       X                X        X
  Etheostoma spectabile                  X                X        X
  Etheostoma squamiceps                  X                         X
  Etheostoma tippecanoe                  X                X
  Perca flavescens               X       X        X       X
  Percina caprodes               X       X        X       X        X
  Percina copelandi                      X                X
  Percina evides                         X                X
  Percina maculata                       X        X                X
  Percina phoxocephala                   X                X
  Percina sciera                 X       X                X        X
  Percina shumardi               X                X       X
  Percina uranidea                                X                X
  Percina vigil                  X                        X
  Sander canadensis              X                X       X
  Sander vitreus                 X                X       X
  Aplodinotus grunniens          X                X       X


Species                         Lacustrine   Subterranean

  Icthyomyzon bdellium
  Icthyomyzon castaneus
  Icthyomyzon fossor
  Icthyomyzon unicuspis
  Lampetra aepyptera
  Lampetra appendix
  Acipenser fulvescens
  Scaphirynchus platoryuchus        X
  Polyodon spathula                 X
  Atractosteus spatula              X
  Lepisosteus oculatus              X
  Lepisosteus osseus
  Lepisosteus platostomus
  Amia calva                        X
  Anguilla rostrata
  Alosa chrysochloris
  Dorosoma cepedianuin              X
  Dorosoma petenense                X
  Hiodon alosoides
  Hiodon tergisus
  Lota lota
  Coregonus artedii                 X
  Umbra limi                        X
  Esox americanus                   X
  Esox lucius                       X
  Esox masquinongy                  X
  Campostoma anomalum
  Carassius auratus
  Clinostomus elongatus
  Ctenopharyngodon idella           X
  Cyprinella lutrensis
  Cyprinella spiloptera                           X
  Cyprinella whipplei
  Cyprinus carpio                   X
  Ericymba buccata
  Erimystax dissimilis
  Erimystax x-punctata
  Hybognathus hayi
  Hybognathus nuchalis
  Hybopsis amblops
  Hypophthalmichthys nobilis
  Luxilus chysocephalus
  Lythrurus fumeus
  Lythrurus umbratilis
  Macrhybopsis hyostoma
  Macrhybopsis storeriana
  Nocomis biguttatus
  Nocomis micropogon
  Notemigonus crysoleucas           X
  Notropis amnis
  Notropis anogenus                 X
  Notropis ariommus
  Notropis atherinoides             X
  Notropis blennius
  Notropis boops
  Notropis buchanani
  Notropis dorsalis
  Notropis hudsonius                X
  Notropis photogenis
  Notropis rubellus
  Notropis shumardi
  Notropis stramineus
  Notropis texanus                  X
  Notropis volucellus               X
  Opsopoeodus emilae                X
  Phenacobius mirabilis
  Phoxinus erythrogaster
  Pimephales notatus
  Pimephales promelas
  Pimephales vigilax
  Rhinichthys obtusus
  Semotilus atromaculatus
  Carpiodes carpio
  Carpiodes cyprinus
  Carpiodes velifer
  Catostomus commersonii
  Cycleptus elongatus
  Erimyzon oblongus
  Erimyzon sucetta                  X
  Hypentelium nigricans
  Ictiobus bubalus
  Ictiobus cyprinellus              X
  Ictiobus niger
  Minytrema melanops
  Moxostoma anisurum
  Moxostoma carinatum
  Moxostoma duquesnei
  Moxostoma erythrurum
  Moxostoma lacerum
  Moxostoma macrolepidotum
  Moxostoma valenciennesi
  Ameiurus catus                    X
  Ameiurus melas                    X
  Ameiurus natalis                  X
  Ameiurus nebulosus                X
  Ictalurus furcatus
  Ictalurus punctatus               X
  Noturus eleutherus
  Noturus flavus
  Noturus gyrinus                   X
  Noturus miurus
  Noturus nocturnus
  Noturus stigmosus
  Pylodictis olivaris               X
  Amblyopsis spelaea                              X
  Aphredoderus sayanus
  Fundulus catenatus
  Fundulus dispar                   X
  Fundulus notatus                  X
  Gambusia affinis                  X
  Labidesthes sicculus              X
  Menidia berylina
  Culaea inconstans                 X
  Cottus bairdii                    X
  Cottus carolinae
  Morone chrysops                   X
  Morone mississippiensis           X
  Morone saxatilis
  Ambloplites rupestris             X
  Centrarchus macropterus           X
  Lepomis cyanellus                 X
  Lepomis gulosus                   X
  Lepomis humilis                   X
  Lepomis macrochirus               X
  Lepomis microlophus               X
  Lepomis miniatus                  X
  Lepomis symmetricus               X
  Micropterus dolomieu              X
  Micropterus punctulatus
  Micropterus salmoides             X
  Pomoxis annularis                 X
  Pomoxis nigromaculatus            X
  Elassoma zonatum                  X
  Ammocrypta clara
  Ammocrypta pellucida
  Crystallaria asprella
  Etheostoma asprigene              X
  Etheostoma blennioides
  Etheostoma caeruleum
  Etheostoma camurum
  Etheostoma chlorosoma             X
  Etheostoma exile                  X
  Etheostoma flabellare
  Etheostoma gracile                X
  Etheostoma histrio
  Etheostoma maculatum
  Etheostoma microperca             X
  Etheostoma nigrum                 X
  Etheostoma spectabile
  Etheostoma squamiceps
  Etheostoma tippecanoe
  Perca flavescens                  X
  Percina caprodes                  X
  Percina copelandi
  Percina evides
  Percina maculata                  X
  Percina phoxocephala
  Percina sciera
  Percina shumardi
  Percina uranidea
  Percina vigil
  Sander canadensis                 X
  Sander vitreus                    X
  Aplodinotus grunniens             X


                                Wabash   River
Species                         White    River

  Icthyomyzon bdellium            N
  Icthyomyzon castaneus           N
  Icthyomyzon fossor              N        N
  Icthyomyzon unicuspis           N
  Lampetra aepyptera              N        N
  Lampetra appendix               N        N
  Acipenser fulvescens            N        N
  Scaphirynchus platoryuchus      N        N
  Polyodon spathula               N        N
  Atractosteus spatula            EP
  Lepisosteus oculatus            N        N
  Lepisosteus osseus              N        N
  Lepisosteus platostomus         N        N
  Amia calva                      N        N
  Anguilla rostrata               N        N
  Alosa chrysochloris             N        N
  Dorosoma cepedianuin            N        N
  Dorosoma petenense              I        I
  Hiodon alosoides                N        N
  Hiodon tergisus                 N
  Lota lota                       N
  Coregonus artedii               N
  Umbra limi                      N        N
  Esox americanus                 N        N
  Esox lucius                     N
  Esox masquinongy                I
  Campostoma anomalum             N        N
  Carassius auratus               I        I
  Clinostomus elongatus           N
  Ctenopharyngodon idella         I        I
  Cyprinella lutrensis            NI
  Cyprinella spiloptera           N        N
  Cyprinella whipplei             N        N
  Cyprinus carpio                 I        I
  Ericymba buccata                N        N
  Erimystax dissimilis            N
  Erimystax x-punctata            N
  Hybognathus hayi                N
  Hybognathus nuchalis            N        N
  Hybopsis amblops                N        N
    molitrix                      I        I
  Hypophthalmichthys nobilis      I        I
  Luxilus chysocephalus           N        N
  Lythrurus fumeus                N
  Lythrurus umbratilis            N        N
  Macrhybopsis hyostoma           N        N
  Macrhybopsis storeriana         N        N
  Nocomis biguttatus              N        N
  Nocomis micropogon              N        N
  Notemigonus crysoleucas         N        N
  Notropis amnis                  N
  Notropis anogenus               N
  Notropis ariommus               EP      EP
  Notropis atherinoides           N        N
  Notropis blennius               N        N
  Notropis boops                  N        N
  Notropis buchanani              N        N
  Notropis dorsalis               N
  Notropis hudsonius              N
  Notropis photogenis             N        N
  Notropis rubellus               N        N
  Notropis shumardi               N
  Notropis stramineus             N        N
  Notropis texanus                N        N
  Notropis volucellus             N        N
  Opsopoeodus emilae              N        N
  Phenacobius mirabilis           N        N
  Phoxinus erythrogaster          N        N
  Pimephales notatus              N        N
  Pimephales promelas             N        N
  Pimephales vigilax              N        N
  Rhinichthys obtusus             N        N
  Semotilus atromaculatus         N        N
  Carpiodes carpio                N        N
  Carpiodes cyprinus              N        N
  Carpiodes velifer               N        N
  Catostomus commersonii          N        N
  Cycleptus elongatus             N        N
  Erimyzon oblongus               N        N
  Erimyzon sucetta                N
  Hypentelium nigricans           N        N
  Ictiobus bubalus                N        N
  Ictiobus cyprinellus            N        N
  Ictiobus niger                  N
  Minytrema melanops              N        N
  Moxostoma anisurum              N        N
  Moxostoma carinatum             N        N
  Moxostoma duquesnei             N        N
  Moxostoma erythrurum            N        N
  Moxostoma lacerum               EX
  Moxostoma macrolepidotum        N        N
  Moxostoma valenciennesi         N
  Ameiurus catus                  I        I
  Ameiurus melas                  N        N
  Ameiurus natalis                N        N
  Ameiurus nebulosus              N        N
  Ictalurus furcatus              N        N
  Ictalurus punctatus             N        N
  Noturus eleutherus              N        N
  Noturus flavus                  N        N
  Noturus gyrinus                 N        N
  Noturus miurus                  N        N
  Noturus nocturnus               N        N
  Noturus stigmosus               N
  Pylodictis olivaris             N        N
  Amblyopsis spelaea                       N
  Aphredoderus sayanus            N        N
  Fundulus catenatus                       N
  Fundulus dispar                 N        N
  Fundulus notatus                N        N
  Gambusia affinis                N        N
  Labidesthes sicculus            N
  Menidia berylina                NI
  Culaea inconstans               N        N
  Cottus bairdii                  N        N
  Cottus carolinae                         N
  Morone chrysops                 N        N
  Morone mississippiensis         N
  Morone saxatilis                I
  Ambloplites rupestris           N        N
  Centrarchus macropterus         N
  Lepomis cyanellus               N        N
  Lepomis gulosus                 N        N
  Lepomis humilis                 N        N
  Lepomis macrochirus             N        N
  Lepomis microlophus            NI?       I
  Lepomis miniatus                N        N
  Lepomis symmetricus             EP       N
  Micropterus dolomieu            N        N
  Micropterus punctulatus         N        N
  Micropterus salmoides           N        N
  Pomoxis annularis               N        N
  Pomoxis nigromaculatus          N        N
  Elassoma zonatum                EP
  Ammocrypta clara                EP       N
  Ammocrypta pellucida            N        N
  Crystallaria asprella           EP
  Etheostoma asprigene            N        N
  Etheostoma blennioides          N        N
  Etheostoma caeruleum            N        N
  Etheostoma camurum              N        N
  Etheostoma chlorosoma           N        N
  Etheostoma exile                N
  Etheostoma flabellare           N        N
  Etheostoma gracile              N        N
  Etheostoma histrio              N        N
  Etheostoma maculatum            N        N
  Etheostoma microperca           N        N
  Etheostoma nigrum               N        N
  Etheostoma spectabile           N        N
  Etheostoma squamiceps           N
  Etheostoma tippecanoe           N        N
  Perca flavescens                N        I
  Percina caprodes                N        N
  Percina copelandi               N       EP
  Percina evides                  N       EP
  Percina maculata                N        N
  Percina phoxocephala            N        N
  Percina sciera                  N        N
  Percina shumardi                N        N
  Percina uranidea                EP
  Percina vigil                   EP
  Sander canadensis               N        N
  Sander vitreus                  N        N
  Aplodinotus grunniens           N        N

Table 2.--List of fish species described from the Wabash
River drainage including authority and type location.

       Species                Authority

Scaphirhynchus          Rafinesque 1820

Esox americanus         Lesueur 1846
Notropis ariommus       Cope 1868
Moxostoma carinatum     Cope 1870
Noturus miurus          Jordan 1877
Etheostoma tippecanoe   Jordan & Evermann 1890
Percina coeplandi       Jordan 1877
Percina evides          Jordan & Copeland 1877
Percina sciera          Swain 1883

       Species              Type locality

Scaphirhynchus          No specific locality, Ohio, Wabash, and
  platorynchus            Cumberland rivers, seldom reaching as high as
                          Pittsburgh, also in Mississippi and Missouri
Esox americanus         Tributaries of Wabash River near New Harmony
Notropis ariommus       White River near Indianapolis, Marion County
Moxostoma carinatum     Wabash River at Lafayette
Noturus miurus          White River near Indianapolis
Etheostoma tippecanoe   Tippecanoe River at Marshland (Delong)
Percina coeplandi       White River, 8 km N of Indianapolis
Percina evides          White River near Indianapolis
Percina sciera          Bean Blossom Creek, 9 km N Bloomington,
                          Monroe County

Table 3.--Status of known and reported occurrences of cisco in
Indiana lakes including the last reported date from published
or actual specimens (based on Pearson 2001).

          Lake               County     report     Status

Manitou                     Fulton       1901    Extirpated
Barbee (= Barber)           Kosciusko    1875    Extirpated
Little Tippecanoe (James)   Kosciusko    1955    Extirpated
Oswego                      Kosciusko    1955    Extirpated
Secrist                     Kosciusko    1975    Extirpated
Tippecanoe                  Kosciusko    1955    Extirpated
Winona (= Eagle)            Kosciusko    1886    Extirpated
Maxinkuckee                 Marshall     1886    Extirpated

          Lake                       Reference

Manitou                     Blatchley & Ashley 1901
Barbee (= Barber)           Jordan 1875
Little Tippecanoe (James)   Frey 1955; Pearson 2001
Oswego                      Frey 1955; Pearson 2001
Secrist                     Frey 1955; Pearson 2001
Tippecanoe                  Jordan 1875; Pearson 2001
Winona (= Eagle)            Jordan & Evermann 1886
Maxinkuckee                 Jordan & Evermann 1886
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