Ecology of Riverine Fishes in Regulated Stream Systems with Emphasis on the Colorado River

  • Paul B. Holden


Riverine fishes can be defined rather simply as species that inhabit rivers. This simplistic definition may suffice for general informational needs, but is insufficient when describing impacts. Some fishes that live in rivers require the river’s environment for sustenance of their populations, e.g., Pacific salmon (Oncorhynohus spp.), paddlefish (Polyodon spathula), and blue sucker (Cyoleptus elongatus). Other riverine species can do just as well, or better, in lakes, ponds, or other lentic environments, e.g., carp (Cyprinus carpio), fathead minnow (Pimephales prometas), and bass (Micropterus sp.). Therefore, changes in a natural river’s flow, temperature, water quality, or physical morphometry may affect certain species more than others; more likely it will affect those species that require lotic conditions to a greater extent than those which also tolerate lentic conditions.


Native Fish Pacific Salmon Grand Canyon Instream Flow Steelhead Trout 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul B. Holden
    • 1
  1. 1.BIO/WEST, Inc.LoganUSA

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