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Ptychocheilus grandis
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Ptychocheilus grandis
Taxonomic Group: Fishes


Sacramento Pikeminnows (Ptychocheilus grandis) are a large predatory freshwater fish native to the Sacramento-San Joaquin basin and adjacent Russian River and Pajaro-Salina basins. They were introduced to the Chorro Creek (Morro Bay), south of San Francisco Bay, and Eel River, north of the native range probably as bait fish. Pikeminnows are a concern in the Eel River and Morrow Bay drainages where they prey on native fishes. Removal programs have been attempted but were largely ineffective.

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Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
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