Gila nigrescens  (Girard, 1856)

Chihuahua chub
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes (Carps) > Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps) > Leuciscinae
Etymology: Gila: A river flowing from SW Mejico to south Arizona.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Subtropical; 33°N - 30°N

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 24.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 86798)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal soft rays: 8. Gila nigrescens can be distinguished by the following characters: lateral line with 67-78 scales; dorsal fin with 9 rays; anal fin with 8 rays; 1st gill arch with 9014 rakers; pharyngeal teeth 2,5-4,2; deep, compressed body; long, fairly slender caudal peduncle; terminal mouth on rounded snout; olive-gray above; silver side; clear to slate gray fins; and breeding individuals with red-orange mouth and paired and anal-fin bases (Ref. 86798).

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North America: Mimbres River in New Mexico, USA; Lagunas Guzman and Bustillos, Chihuahua in Mexico.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits flowing pools of creeks and small rivers, usually near brush or other cover (Ref. 86798).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr, 2011. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 663p. (Ref. 86798)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

  Vulnerable (VU) (B1ab(ii,iii,iv,v)+2ab(ii,iii,iv,v))

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00813 (0.00386 - 0.01712), b=3.13 (2.96 - 3.30), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.0   ±0.2 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .