Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Leuciscidae
(Minnows) > Pogonichthyinae
Etymology: Platygobio: Greek, platys = flat + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335); gracilis: gracilis - slender (Ref. 1998). More on author: Richardson.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Temperate; 70°N - 30°N
North America: Mackenzie, Saskatchewan, and Lake Winnipeg drainages in Canada; Missouri-Mississippi River basin from southern Alberta in Canada and Montana to Louisiana, USA; Arkansas River drainage in USA; and upper Rio Grande (including Pecos) drainage in New Mexico, USA. Two subspecies usually recognized: Platygobio gracilis gracilis in northern and eastern parts of range, and Platygobio gracilis gulonella in southern and western parts of range.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 32.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 86798); common length : 14.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193)
Inhabits sandy runs of small to large turbid rivers (Ref. 86798). Feeds mainly on terrestrial and aquatic insects, occasionally on small fishes. Spawning probably occurs from June to August (Ref. 1998).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
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. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00501 (0.00236 - 0.01065), b=3.13 (2.95 - 3.31), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.4 se; based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Fec=4,974).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (39 of 100) .