Impact of flooding in a Sonoran desert stream, including elimination of an endangered fish population ( Poeciliopsis o. occidentalis, Poeciliidae.

James Collins, C. Young, J. Howell, W. L. Minckley

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Tule Creek is an intermittent stream draining Sonoran desertscrub in Yavapai Co., Arizona. An 800m segment has perennial surface discharge. Extensive flooding in winter 1978 had the following immediate impacts on the system: 1) an introduced population of the endangered Sonoran topminnow was destroyed; 2) substrate erosion and entrainment removed vegetation, reduced number of pools, straightened and deepened the channel; and 3) canyon treefrog Hyla arenicolor and saltcedar Tamarix chinensis were introduced.-from Sport Fishery Abstracts

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-423
Number of pages9
JournalSouthwestern Naturalist
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981


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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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