The “other” invasive carp, Black Carp – Mylopharyngodon piceus
Online Presentation by fish biologist Patrick Kroboth, U.S. Geological Survey Columbia Environmental Research Center
Patrick Kroboth, fish biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, shared the latest in invasive black carp research, studying the species status in the wild, life history, behavior, and potential impacts.
Published: February 9, 2021
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In the past couple of decades, we’ve watched as several invasive carp species have exploded throughout our midwestern rivers. Biologists have their eyes on the next carp invasion which is the black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus).
While the silver and bighead carp feed on plankton, the base of the aquatic food chain, the black carp feeds on mussels, clams and snails. These fish have remarkable molars designed to crush hard shells. This could be particularly damaging to the ecosystems of Missouri River tributaries like the Osage and Gasconade that are rich in native mussel species.
Patrick Kroboth, fish biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, shared the latest in black carp research, studying the species status in the wild, life history, behavior, and potential impacts.
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Resources & Links
Dig deeper for more info on this topic –
- Watch this presentation on YouTube
- Columbia Environmental Research Center – Invasive Species
- Black carp description – USGS
- RESEARCH – USGS-CERC publications on black carp
- BOOK – “Overrun – Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crises” – by Andrew Reeves (2019, 355 pp)
- ARTICLE – “An invasive black carp with human-like molars is threatening the Mississippi River Basin” by Jessica Fu, The Counter, January 29, 2019
- ARTICLE – “Scientists: Discovery of young, wild black carp troubling” by Margaret Stafford, St. Louis Post Dispatch, March 5, 2016.
VIDEO – “Identifying Black Carp” by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
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