Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
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(Suckers) > Catostominae
Etymology: Catostomus: Greek, kata = down + Greek, stoma = mouth (Ref. 45335); columbianus: columbianus meaning of the Columbia River (Ref. 1998). More on authors: Eigenmann & Eigenmann.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Temperate; 55°N - 43°N
North America: Pacific Slope from Fraser River drainage in British Columbia, Canada south through Columbia River drainage in British Columbia and in Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Nevada, USA and Harney River basin in eastern Oregon, USA.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5723); common length : 16.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193)
Inhabits lake margins; backwaters, rocky riffles and sand or silt runs of creeks and small to medium rivers. Probably feeds on algae and bottom invertebrates (Ref. 1998). Preyed upon by birds and mammals; young may be preyed upon by some salmonids (Ref. 1998). Spawning in British Columbia probably occurs late spring (Ref. 1998). Edible but not currently eaten (Ref. 1998).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr, 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 432 p. (Ref. 5723)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.8 ±0.29 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (40 of 100) .