Is the total population severely fragmented? Habitat. However, buffalo lack the barbels of carp. Where the three species coexist the Smallmouth Buffalo and Black Buffalo are observed to prefer deeper water and the Smallmouth Buffalo exhibits a preference for fine substrates (Becker 1983). Heidinger. Definition of the (DD) category revised in 2006. Carlander, K.D. Continue with Google. Conversely, the water clarity in lakes Huron, St. Clair and Erie and their connecting channels, the Detroit and St. Clair rivers, has increased as a result of the invasion and impact of dreissenid mussels (Wittman 1999). 2005 General status of species in Canada. Pages 53–104 in C.H. Catalogue No. 30 pp. 1983. Bigmouth Buffalo – Ictiobus cyprinellus. comm.). Are the causes of the decline clearly reversible? Formerly described as “Vulnerable” from 1990 to 1999, or “Rare” prior to 1990. MS. Rpt. 1990. GLLFAS Fisheries and Oceans Productive Capacity Electrofishing Database. In Ontario, the provincial rank for Bigmouth Buffalo is SU (status undetermined). Egg hatching is adversely affected by turbidities in excess of 100 ppm or by marked fluctuations in the water level (Becker 1983). Are the causes of the decline understood? The bigmouth buffalo is a large-bodied native fish. The Great Lakes populations are found within the Great Lakes–Upper St. Lawrence National Freshwater Biogeographic Zone, and the Manitoba and Saskatchewan populations are found in the Saskatchewan–Nelson River National Freshwater Biogeographic Zone. Fishes of Pennsylvania. Canadian Field–Naturalist 93(2): 179–180. Join the discussion. The invasion of Manitoba and Saskatchewan by carp. Report to the Fish and Wildlife Branch of Saskatchewan Environment. Checklists of the fish fauna of the Laurentian Great Lakes and their connecting channels. Benda. Not only are the buffalofishes some of the most elusive and challenging species found in the USA, they are also delicious food fishes that are enjoyed on the dinner table by millions of people. The Fishes of Ohio. In Manitoba, a status of Not At Risk has been recommended. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 99(3): 571–576. Urquhart (Ed.) It was only recently (2003, 2004) collected in the Detroit River during a boat electrofishing survey of Area of Concern sites (CMN, unpubl. Bigmouth Buffalo were reported from the Red River of the North by Eigenmann (1895), but were first collected in 1907 in Cook’s Creek, a tributary to the Red River (Hinks 1943). In comparison, the mouth of the smallmouth buffalo, is smaller, almost horizontal when closed, subterminal, and protracts downward in typical sucker fashion. No nest site preparation occurs (Becker 1983). Its current presence in Canadian waters of the Great Lakes basin is probably a reflection of a northward range extension at some time in the past. data). Williams. Since 1913, fish surveys were conducted at Point Pelee by the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN), Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Park staff and others (H. Surette, University of Guelph, unpubl. Atlas of Saskatchewan fish. As successful reproduction appears to be associated with flooding of shoreline vegetation, loss of spawning habitat associated with regulated water levels is a threat to Bigmouth Buffalo. 2000. This fish is almost indistinguishable from the Bigmouth Buffalo, so catching them separate is hard. Nelson, J.S., E.J. Dams, waterfalls and upland habitat and major confluences may represent separation barriers (see NatureServe 2007). Doug Watkinson, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 501 University Crescent, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N6. 414 p. Edwards, E.A. However, based on the fishable biomass available in 1983 compared to 2000, there has been a loss of 76% during the 17–year period (Hlasny 2003). Buffalo are a robust species of large-scaled suckerfish with a body structure similar to common carp. Team Wild Water 26,238 views. As with smallmouth buffalo, some anglers consider bigmouth buffalo to be a rough fish. Moen, T.E. Donahue. Checklist of Ontario freshwater fishes annotated with distribution maps. Water management for even flow regime causing low flows and loss of habitat during spawning. Bigmouth Buffalo, Ictiobus cyprinellus. comm.). 102 p. Hlasny, R.E. A checklist of the fishes of Saskatchewan. 2004. Walburg, C. H. and W. R. Nelson (1966). 486 p. Hubbs, CL. or sign up with email About this Discussion. However, some inferences on population trends can be made based on the collection of the species over time in Canada. Food habits of bigmouth and smallmouth buffalo from four Oklahoma reservoirs. The first (western) Canadian record may have been that of Gilchrist (1888) mistakenly listed under the name I. bubalus (there are no bona fide Canadian records of I. bubalus; see Scott and Crossman 1998).The first bona fide record is from 1907 when it was caught in Cook’s Creek, a tributary to the Red River (Hinks 1943; Atton 1983). Assessment of the Bigmouth Buffalo population of Pasqua Lake. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Technical Series, Report 4, Lincoln, Nebraska. 103. Mandrak, unpubl. Fish. Can. COSEWIC status report on the Bigmouth Buffalo Ictiobus cyprinellus in Canada. Bigmouth Buffalo are not as impacted by turbidity as other freshwater fishes. These seinable portions are typically narrow (<2m) nearshore areas with sandy substrates and limited aquatic macrophytes along the eastern shores of the ponds bounded by the eastern beach. The large, oblique, terminal mouth of the Bigmouth Buffalo readily separates it from the Black (I. niger) and Smallmouth (I. bubalus) buffaloes (Bailey et al. Paukert and Long (1999) felt that due to the maximum length and weight of 914 mm and 36 kg respectively, individuals older than 20 years are likely. Buffalo Creek (2005), Second Creek (2003), Truro Creek (2002); M. Erickson, Manitoba Water Stewardship, pers. Pap. 2004). Staroska, V.J., and R.L. data). Attempts were made to obtain Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (ATK) on the species, but to date have not resulted in any information being brought forward for this species. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Fish. Communications Biology (2019): Bigmouth Buffalo Ictiobus cyprinellus sets freshwater teleost record as improved age analysis reveals centenarian longevity ; North American Journal of Fisheries Management (2019). Young of the year (YOY) Bigmouth Buffalo appear by the end of June in the Qu’Appelle River (Johnson 1963), and in the Red River in early to mid–July (Stewart and Watkinson 2004). He is a member of the COSEWIC Freshwater Fish Species Specialist Subcommittee. ), and Big Creek (Essex Co.) in 2003 (L. Bouvier, University of Guelph, unpubl. comm.). However, Moen (1974) indicated that Bigmouth Buffalo move substantial distances (380 km) to find suitable spawning sites. However, an ongoing genetic study of buffaloes revealed that even morphologically distinct Bigmouth Buffalo exhibited extensive introgression with Black and/or Smallmouth buffaloes in the Canadian Great Lakes basin (H. Bart, Tulane University, unpubl. Res. 2005. Doc. Proc. Bd. D. 22-30; A. Page, L. M., and B.M. and R.C. Changes in the fauna of Ontario. 1979. 112 cm (3 1/2 ft), common to 58.5 cm (23 in) Fin Element Counts . Estimated extent of occurrence (Polygon method –, Observed, inferred, or projected trend in extent of occurrence. Bruce Howard, Saskatchewan District, Prairies Area, Central and Arctic Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Regina, Saskatchewan S4N 7K3. © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, 2009. Lee and Shute (1980) include lakes Erie, St. Clair, and Michigan within the native range, Scott and Crossman (1998) stated that the species occurs in Lake Erie as possibly both a native and introduced species, and Cudmore–Vokey and Crossman (2000) show the species as established in lakes Michigan, St. Clair and Erie. There are several species of Buffalo, including the Smallmouth, Bigmouth, and the Black Buffalo. Growth and movement of fishes, and distribution of invertebrates related to a heated discharge into the White River at Petersburg, Indiana. Pfleiger, W.L. Publications. Accessed 2/11/2008. Nick has co–authored 15 COSEWIC reports. COSEWIC comprises members from each provincial and territorial government wildlife agency, four federal entities (Canadian Wildlife Service, Parks Canada Agency, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Federal Biodiversity Information Partnership, chaired by the Canadian Museum of Nature), three non–government science members and the co–chairs of the species specialist subcommittees and the Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge subcommittee. Bigmouth Buffalo were last seen spawning at the Craven Dam and Last Mountain lakes (≈ 20 adults at each location) in 1996. The distribution of Bigmouth Buffalo in Canada is restricted and localized. Bigmouth Buffalo can hybridize naturally with Smallmouth Buffalo (Ictiobus bubalus) and Black Buffalo (Ictiobus niger). The global, national (United States and Canada), and subnational (state and provincial) ranks for Bigmouth Buffalo are given in the Technical Summary. Hank Bart, Director, Tulane University Museum of Natural History, Curator, Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection, Belle Chasse, LA 70037. While, this stocky fish is a relative to the Bigmouth Buffalo and Black Buffalo they have a smaller mouth which is ventrally located unlike the Bigmouth where the mouth is terminal and points forward. Maximum distance travelled was 380 km and maximum rate of travel was 6.4 km per day (Moen 1974). Generally, occupied sites that are separated by a gap of 20 km or more of any aquatic habitat that is not known to be occupied, or part of possible spawning migrations, are taken to represent different occurrences (NatureServe 2007). Univ. Strong and weak year–classes are very apparent in this species (Scott and Crossman 1979), and can be related to environmental conditions at the time of spawning, particularly spring water levels and flooding. Mandrak, unpubl. 2004), and native to the Saskatchewan–Nelson River drainage of Saskatchewan and Manitoba (Johnson 1963; Lee and Shute 1980; Scott and Crossman 1998; Stewart and Watkinson 2004). Since 2003, specimens have been caught in the Thames River itself between the mouth and Springbank Dam in London, Ontario, ca. (1985) suggested that it entered the Red River from the Mississippi drainage after 2,000 BP, and thence into the Assiniboine–Qu’Appelle, and English–Winnipeg systems and became established (Crossman and McAllister 1986). A commercial fishery in Saskatchewan, dating from the 1940s, ended in 1983. There is also an unconfirmed report from Lake Dauphin in 2002 (Stewart and Watkinson (2004). Natural Heritage Information Centre – species tracking database. Bigmouth Buffalo are not as impacted by turbidity as other freshwater fishes. Report to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). Draft. Stewart et al. Bigmouth Buffalo can hybridize naturally with Smallmouth Buffalo and Black Buffalo (Carlander 1969; Trautman 1981; Nelson 2003). Johnson (1963) reported that males in Saskatchewan reach sexual maturity at smaller sizes than females, some maturing by the time they reach 305 mm (0.5 kg – age 4) and most by 381 mm (1.7 kg – age 5). Ecology: . Am. 966 pp. Mark Pegg, Center for Aquatic Ecology, Illinois Natural History Survey, Havana IL 62644. Figure 3: Ontario Portion of the Canadian Distribution of the Bigmouth Buffalo, Figure 4: Manitoba and Saskatchewan Portion of the Canadian Distribution of the Bigmouth Buffalo. The Bigmouth Buffalo was first captured in Lake St. Clair in Mitchell’s Bay in 1972. However, limited sampling has taken place before and after the collection of these specimens (ROM, CMN, unpubl. Since females mature between ages 8 to 11 years, and males at 5 to 15 years, the generation time, or average age of parents in the population, would be more in the neighbourhood of 14 to 15 years in unexploited populations. Studies on the life history and ecology of the Bigmouth Buffalo, Ictiobus cyprinellus (Valenciennes). Burr, B.M. Johnson, R.P. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 99(2): 333–342. Morphological and ecological characteristics of Canadian freshwater fishes. comm.). data) despite a similar survey using the same methods and effort conducted in 1989 and 1990 (MacLennan 1992). RAP fish community monitoring, Detroit River, 1989 and 1990. data). 1974. Également disponible en français sous le titre Évaluation et rapport de situation du COSEPAC sur le buffalo à grande bouche (Ictiobus cyprinellus), populations des Grands Lacs et du haut Saint–Laurent et populations de la rivière Saskatchewan – de la rivière Nelson, au Canada – Mise à jour. While the Smallmouth Buffalo only lives around 18 years at most, their cousin the Bigmouth Buffalo (Ictiobus cyprinellus) can live up to 112 years! Based on the scale aging of 499 individuals caught in Pasqua Lake in 2000, Hlasny (2003) noted five missing year classes (1977, 1987–1990). MS Rpt. Generation time (average age of parents in the population), Observed percent reduction or increase in total number of mature individuals over the last 45 years (3 generations), Projected or suspected percent reduction or increase in total number of mature individuals over the next 30 years (3 generations), Observed, estimated, inferred, or suspected percent reduction or increase in total number of mature individuals over any 30 year (3 generation) period, over a time period including both the past and the future. The only parasites listed for the species in Canada are the ectoparasitic copepod Argulus spendiculosus, and infestations of Myxosporidia sp. Fishes of the channelized Missouri: Age–growth, length–frequency, length–weight, coefficient of condition, catch curves and mortality of 24 species of channelized Missouri River fishes. Bigmouth Buffalo were caught in Jeanettes Creek in 1980 and 2004 (186 individuals), and a tributary to Jeanettes Creek in 1989. Ottawa: Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada. J. Wiley, New York NY. : 819–953–3215Fax: 819–994–3684E-mail: COSEWIC/COSEPAC@ec.gc.cahttp://www.cosewic.gc.ca/eng/sct5/index_e.cfm. The ventral colour is yellow and white with the fins uniformly light brownish–slate. Great Lakes – Upper St. Lawrence PopulationsSaskatchewan – Nelson River Populations, COSEWIC Assessment SummaryCOSEWIC Executive SummaryTable of Contents, Great Lakes – Upper St. Lawrence Populations – Not at RiskSaskatchewan – Nelson River Populations – Special Concern. Ont. Figure 5: Qu’Appelle River Basin and Qu’Appelle Lakes with Existing Dams and Fish Passageways Identified. Based on the Canadian Freshwater Biogeographic Zone classification adopted by COSEWIC, the Great Lakes populations are found within the Great Lakes–Upper St. Lawrence Biogeographic Zone, and the Manitoba (including Lake of the Woods) and Saskatchewan populations are found in the Saskatchewan–Nelson River Biogeographic Zone. Sci. An impending water crisis in Canada’s prairie provinces. The fishes of Missouri. 1 - 20 of 20 Posts. ), between the Canada–United States border and the south basin of Lake Winnipeg, into which it flows. Can. The Smallmouth Buffalo is a fish from Dua Ribu Lake. comm. Environmental Biology of Fish 11(4): 309–314. Maximum Size. This report may be cited as follows: COSEWIC. Fish. J.E. Bigmouth Buffalo can hybridize naturally with Smallmouth Buffalo and Black Buffalo (Carlander 1969, Trautman 1981, Nelson 2003). Wild Species 2005: The General Status of Species in Canada. Atton, F.M. 1956. Habitat. Spawning occurs in late April and May in Wisconsin (Becker 1983). Here is a Buffalo. 1975. Bigmouth buffalo, unlike its close relatives the black and smallmouth buffalos, is a pelagic filter-feeder, using its very fine gill rakers to strain zooplankton from the water. 84:491–499. Johnson (1963) also indicated the importance of spring flooding to provide access to spawning areas and as a trigger for spawning activity. comm.). Rondeau Bay was sampled in 14 different years since 1921 by the CMN and ROM (Royal Ontario Museum, unpubl. National rank in Canada for Bigmouth Buffalo is N4 (apparently secure) (NatureServe 2005). Harlan, J.R., and E.B. His research interests are the biodiversity, biogeography and conservation of Canadian freshwater fishes. 47. Coad, B.W. Comm. Bigmouth Buffalo are physiologically adapted for life in warm, turbid, eutrophic bodies of water (Johnson 1963; see also Habitat Requirements above). Publ. In 2000, 1024 Bigmouth Buffalo were caught during a mark–recapture study in Pasqua Lake in 124 down hauls between June 1 and August 31 (Hlasny 2003). It lives in clearer water than the Bigmouth Buffalo and slower currents than the Black Buffalo. Unlike the smallmouth buffalo, the bigmouth buffalo has a mouth that is oriented more forward than downward. Successful reproduction appears to be associated with spring waters levels, and is dependent on spring flooding to provide access to spawning areas, to activate spawning activity (Johnson 1963), and maintain shoreline vegetation (Moen 1974; Hlasny 2003). Large adults are probably free from predation because of their shape and size (Johnson 1963; Scott and Crossman 1998). Midl. and E.J. Hlasny (2003) noted at least five missing year classes (1977, 1987–1990) attributed to limited recruitment in those years because of low runoff, intermittent flows and, consequently, low lake levels leading to reduced amount of habitat and time for spawning. 2002; Schindler and Donahue 2006). Extensive sampling at this site in 1957 and 1958 (30 net sets of large mesh gillnet), and in 1985 and 1986 (78 nets sets of large mesh gillnet) failed to capture any Bigmouth Buffalo (R. Hlasny, Saskatchewan Environment, pers. Since then, it has been collected in the Red River, and several tributaries (e.g. Carp, river carpsucker, smallmouth buffalo, and bigmouth buffalo in Lewis and Clark Lake Missouri River. Fish at 9 years of age from Pasqua Lake are only as large as 3–year–old fish in Tennessee (Scott and Crossman 1998). 528 Posts #20 • Aug 12, 2016. The body of the bigmouth buffalo is coppery olive-brown to slate-blue above, becoming lighter toward the belly, which is white. In addition, Buffalo Pound Lake and Last Mountain Lake do not have known Bigmouth Buffalo populations above them in the watershed; therefore, there is no potential for recolonization unless fish can pass upstream through the existing fishways. Aquatic ecosystems and Global climate change. Bigmouth Buffalo have a highly adapted and size–selective filtering mechanism, and feed almost exclusively on invertebrates. In most areas, the maximum reported age for Bigmouth Buffalo has been less than 10 years; although the oldest previously reported Bigmouth Buffalo was 20 years, it is now known that they may live considerably longer. The fry of pond reared fish from the lower Mississippi valley are 6.5 to 133 mm in length and fingerlings are 100 mm long by the end of the first season, but may reach 175 to 200 mm as young–of–the–year densities are reduced (Kleinholz 2000). 2006. First Canadian record of a flathead catfish. There is limited demand for buffaloes in Canada, but they may be found in the live food fish market. Status of the Western Silvery Minnow (Hybognathus argyritis) in Alberta. 343 p. Poff, N. Leroy, Mark M Brinson, and John W. Day Jr. 2002. Goodchild (1990) speculated that its gradual movement into Canadian waters might be the result of overall climatic warming. (Margolis and Arthur 1979). American commercial fishermen depend on these fishes for their livelihoods. On June 5, 2003, the Species at Risk Act (SARA) was proclaimed. Are there extreme fluctuations in number of populations (> 1 order of magnitude). Subopercle symmetrical (rounded). Fish. 2000. NatureServe Explorer: an online encyclopedia of life. Tip of upper lip far below eye, midway between lower margin of eye and bottom of head. Indiana state University Water Resources Investigational Report 5: 1–94. Bigmouth buffalo (left) have long filaments on their gills that strain food from the water and they feed primarily by filter feeding, similar to paddlefish. Where known, the effort used for this sampling is summarized below. Doubleday, Page and Co., Garden City, NY. Crossman, E.J., and D.E. 2003. Rep. Roy. 52 pp. 1923. 1991. candidate, Department of Interactive Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1. Trautman, M.B. 1970). 1995. Generally, feeds near the bottom, using short up and down movements to swirl the water, filtering plants and animals from the bottom. A Field Guide to freshwater Fishes. Although there has been an increase in the extent of occurrence and area of occupancy in Manitoba (Saskatchewan–Nelson River Biogeographic Zone), the species is apparently not abundant there. Figure 6: Commercial Catch of Bigmouth Buffalo Taken from Pasqua Lake Between 1950 and 1983, with the Available 2000 Catch in kg Shown. Al Dextrase, Senaior species At risk Bilogist, Ontario Ministry of Natural Rsourources, Peterborough, Ontario, K9J 8M5. Hlasny (2003) observed Bigmouth Buffalo spawning in Last Mountain Lake and at the Craven Dam in Saskatchewan in 1996. Stewart, K.W., I.M. Subopercle symmetrical (rounded). Hoffman, G.L. Given the preference for moderate turbidity by Bigmouth Buffalo (Nelson 2003, Cudmore et al. 1970; Nelson 2003). Figure 2: Global Distribution of the Bigmouth Buffalo. data). Sp. The Bigmouth Buffalo is a large fish of Dua Ribu Lake, also known in the real life as the Brown Buffalo or Buffalo Fish.They are nearly indistinguishable from the Smallmouth Buffalo underwater, and can only be told after the fish is caught. Crossman and McAllister (1986) substantiated its presence in the Assiniboine River. The new records in Manitoba are probably more a reflection of increased search effort in the last two decades than of a range expansion. The Lake of the Woods should be a considered separate location. Aquat. According to Edwards (1983), ideal spawning habitat is inundated terrestrial, or submergent or emergent vegetation. Learn amazing fishing tips about how to catch Smallmouth Buffalo, different fishing methods, what tackle and bait to use to catch Smallmouth Buffalo and more! University of Wisconsin Press. The fishes of Illinois. Bigmouth Buffalo are found in lakes and medium– to large–sized rivers in slower waters. State Univ. Bigmouth Buffalo have a highly adapted and size–selective filtering mechanism, and feed almost exclusively on invertebrates. They are most similar to the carpsuckers (genus Carpiodes), but are olive coloured and have a semicircular subopercle compared to the silver colour and subtriangular subopercle in the carpsuckers (Page and Burr 1991). However, many nearshore areas with suitable habitat in Long Point Bay have not been sampled. The suitabilities and relative resistance of twelve species of fish as bioassay animals for oil refinery effluents. More recently, Hlasny (2003) provided additional information on populations in Saskatchewan. Canada 21(8): 304–308. New fish distribution records in Manitoba and the role of a man–made interconnection between two drainages as an avenue of dispersal. Drought in the southern prairies is not uncommon (Pollard 2003), and may be more common given predicted changes in aquatic ecosystems, especially in the prairies, associated with global climate change (Poff et al. Goodchild, C.D. Bigmouth Buffalo is considered a delicacy by some cultures in the United States and is harvested for this reason. Handbook of fishes of Kansas. This fish is a large species of the sucker family, and is of the same order as carp, Cypriniformes, but of different family, Catostomidae. Crossman. The missing year classes and age structure of this population indicate that overall recruitment is low, and that the population is under severe stress. Spatial separation of fishes captured in passive gear in a turbid prairie lake. 29. Smallmouth Buffalo – Ictiobus bubalus. North Carolina State Museum of Natural History, Chapel Hill. Mandrak, unpubl. Am. Smallmouth buffalo (right) by contrast feed primarily on the bottom. v+ 43 pp. Mandrak, N.E. Wild Species. This reduces the number of years during which successful spawning can take place in the river and the time frame that the vegetated areas available for spawning stay flooded between Pasqua Lake and the Craven Dam site (Hlasny 2003). In the Great Lakes basin, the Bigmouth Buffalo has hybridized with introduced Ictiobus species. In Saskatchewan, Hlasny (2003) noted that large–scale changes in water management in the Qu’Appelle River basin occurred in the 1980s. Previous Scientific Names. It has recently been caught in the Red River Back Bay at St. Norbert floodgates (1998), in the Seine River Diversion (2004), in the south basin of Lake Winnipeg during beam trawl surveys (2002) (Nelson 2003), and 30 specimens were collected in the Red River during electrofishing surveys in 2002 and 2003 (D. Watkinson, unpubl. 1985), and from there, upstream into the English–Winnipeg system and/or the Assiniboine–Qu’Appelle system (Crossman and McAllister 1986). The Bigmouth Buffalo was designated as Special Concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) in 1989 (NatureServe 2007) and is listed on Schedule 3 of the Species at Risk Act. Species at Risk Act: COSEWIC assessments and status reports, http://www.cosewic.gc.ca/eng/sct5/index_e.cfm, Great Lakes-Upper St. Lawrence Biogeographic Zone, Saskatchewan-Nelson River Biogeographic Zone, Figure 1: The Bigmouth Buffalo (Ictiobus cyprinellus), Figure 6: Commercial Catch of Bigmouth Buffalo Taken from Pasqua Lake Between 1950 and 1983, with the Available 2000 Catch in kg Shown, Figure 7: Age Distribution of Bigmouth Buffalo Caught in 2000 in Pasqua Lake, Saskatchewan, Table 1: Index of Area of Occupancy Calculated Using 2 km x 2 km Grids for the Saskatchewan-Nelson River Biogeographic Zone, Table 2: Saskatchewan-Nelson Sampling Effort, United States Geological Survey (USGS) – Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS). Galt House Publishing, Oakville ON. 6th Edition. Several specimens have been collected in the Lake Ontario basin since 1981. 1957. These streams have likely always been turbid to some degree, but turbidity has likely increased as a result of the clearing of forests and use of tile drains for agricultural purposes (Taylor et al. Nicholas E. Mandrak is a Research Scientist with the Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Burlington, Ontario. The Zoogeography of North American freshwater fishes. Recent sampling included boat electrofishing (>1,000 sec/500m site) and fine–mesh hoopnetting (2 nets set overnight) around Rondeau Bay in 2002 (10 sites, electrofishing only) and 2004 (16 sites), and sampling the inner marshes of Rondeau Provincial Park by seining and fine–mesh hoopnetting in 2005 (N.E. data). Some females were found to be immature at 475 mm (1.8 kg–age 7 to 8), but most over 508 mm (2 kg–age 11) were mature. Several specimens were collected in the Welland River in 1997; however, limited sampling has taken place before and after the collection of these specimens (ROM, CMN, unpubl. Trautman (1981) indicated that it was first recorded in the Ohio waters of Lake Erie in 1854, and Hubbs (1930) indicated it was sporadically present as well, but was not recorded again until after the 1920s. The Bigmouth Buffalo (Figure 1) is one of five species in the genus Ictiobus, which is in the family Catostomidae (Nelson et al. Cross, F.B. This is consistent with the observation of such hybrids in Lake Erie soon after smallmouth buffalo were introduced into the basin between 1920 and 1930 (Trautman 1981). Population sizes and trends The Bigmouth Buffalo has not been collected in a standardized manner, nor have there been any specific studies on population sizes, in Canada. Report to the Pew Centre on Global Climate Change, Arlington Virginia. obs.). T. Theysmeyer, Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton, Ontario. Nat. 2004. New maximum age of Bigmouth Buffalo, Ictiobus cyprinellus. In Saskatchewan, changes in water management within the Qu’Appelle River were undertaken in the 1980s to ensure an even flow regime based on flow requirements for walleye and northern pike (Dunn and Hjertaas 1981). In these areas, the minimum total dissolved solids during the growing season were greater than 200 ppm and there was 25–75% vegetated cover.