Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Catostomidae
(Suckers) > Catostominae
Etymology: Chasmistes: Greek, chanos, -eos, ous, and chasma, -atos = abyss, mouth opened, inmensity (Ref. 45335). More on author: Jordan.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; pelagic; non-migratory. Temperate; 40°N - 39°N
North America: Utah Lake and its tributaries in Utah, USA. Two subspecies were recognized: Chasmistes liorus liorus from Utah Lake; and Chasmistes liorus mictus may have arisen as a hybrid between Chasmistes liorus liorusand Chasmistes ardens and replaced the original form of Chasmistes liorus.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 44 - 49 cm
Max length : 60.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 35393); max. reported age: 40 years (Ref. 35393)
Formerly most common in deep waters of Utah Lake. Used tributaries of lake for spawning (Ref. 5723, 86798). Adults are pelagic and feed on aquatic invertebrates in the mid-water column. Juveniles inhabit emergent vegetation, apparently as refuge from predators (Ref. 35293).
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
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5312 [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
): 3.4 ±0.45 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (tm=5-10; tmax=40).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High to very high vulnerability (68 of 100) .