The original range of the paddlefish was the Mississippi River drainage and adjacent Gul f Coast dra i nage. It was once found in some of the Great Lakes (Carlson and Bonislawsky 1981). The paddlefish is generally an inhabitant of large rivers, but it occurs in reservoirs and natural lakes connected to large rivers. Much of the original range has been reduced due to habitat alterations: (1) destruction of spawning areas; (2) blockage of movements by dams; (3) channelization and elimination of backwater areas; (4) dewatering of streams; and (5) pollution (Carlson and Bonislawsky 1981). Several States officially consider the paddlefish as rare or endangered (Miller 1972). An indexed bibliography of all known paddlefish work was prepared by Graham and Bonislawsky (1978) and recently updated to include more than 480 citations (Graham and Bonislawsky, in press).
|Title||Habitat Suitability Index Models and Instream Flow Suitability Curves: Paddlefish|
|Authors||Wayne A. Hubert, Stanley H. Anderson, Peter D. Southall, Johnie H. Crance|
|Publication Subtype||Federal Government Series|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||U.S. Geological Survey|