Kern County Introduced Animals

by Alison Sheehey

Introduced Vertebrates - not all reproducing successfully - Classes 5, Orders 21, Families 33, Species 71

29 species Fish | 4 species Amphibians | 3 species Reptiles | 19 species Birds | 16 species Mammals

  SUPERCLASS Gnathostomata  CLASS OSTEICHTHYES
  ORDER Clupeiformes Family Clupeidae- herrings and shads
  threadfin shad (I) Dorosoma petenense
  ORDER Cypriniformes Family Cyprinidae - Minnows and carp
  goldfish (I) Carassius auratus
  common carp (I) Cyprinus carpio
  golden shiner (I) Notemigonus crysoleucas
  red shiner (I) Cyprinella lutrensis
  fathead minnow (I) Pimephales promelas
  ORDER Siluriformes Family Ictaluridae - bullhead catfishes
  white catfish (I) Ameiurus catus
  black bullhead (I) Ameiurus melas
  brown bullhead (I) Ameiurus nebulosus
  blue catfish (I) Ictalurus furcatus
  channel catfish (I) Ictalurus punctatus
  ORDER Salmoniformes Family Salmonidae - trout
  rainbow trout (I) Oncorhynchus mykiss
  brown trout (I) Salmo trutta
  brook trout (I) Salvelinus fontinalis
  ORDER Cyprinodontiformes FAMILY Poeciliidae - livebearers
  western mosquitofish  (I) Gambusia affinis
    Family Atherinidae - silversides
  inland silverside (I) Menidia beryllina
  ORDER Perciformes Family Percichthyidae - temperate basses
  white bass (I) Morone chrysops
  striped bass (I) Morone saxatilis
    Family Centrarchidae sunfishes
  green sunfish (I) Lepomis cyanellus
  pumpkinseed (I) Lepomis gibbosus
  warmouth (I) Chaenobryttus gulosus
  bluegill (I) Lepomis macrochirus
  redear sunfish (I) Lepomis microlophus
  smallmouth bass (I) Micropterus dolomieu
  spotted bass (I) Micropterus punctulatus
  largemouth bass (I) Micropterus salmoides
  white crappie (I) Pomoxis annularis
  black crappie (I) Pomoxis nigromaculatus
    FAMILY Percidae - perches
  bigscale logperch (I) Percina macrolepida
  CLASS AMPHIBIA  
  ORDER Anura Family Ranidae - True Frogs
  American Bullfrog (I) Lithobates (Rana) catesbeiana
  Northern Leopard Frog  (SC) (I) Lithobates (Rana) pipiens
  ORDER Caudata Ambystomatidae - Mole Salamanders
 

Mudpuppy

Necturas maculatus

  Tiger Salamander [I] Ambystoma tigrinum
  CLASS REPTILIA  
  ORDER Testudines Family Emydidae - Box and Water Turtles
  Red-eared Slider (I) Trachemys scripta elegans
  Yellowbelly Slider (I) Trachemys scripta scripta
    Family Testudinidae - Land Tortoises
 

Texas Tortoise

Gopherus berlandieri
  CLASS AVES  
  ORDER Anseriformes  
  Mute Swan Cygnas bicolor
  Black Swan Cygnus atratus
  Graylag Goose Anser anser
  Chinese Goose Anser cygnoides
  Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata
 

Mandarin Duck

Aix galericulata
  ORDER Galliformes  
 

Chukar (I)

Alectoris chukar
 

Ring-necked Pheasant (I)

Phasianus colchicus
 

Wild Turkey (I)

Meleagris gallopavo
 

Common Peafowl (I)

Pavo cristatus

 

Gambel's Quail (I)

Callipepla gambelii
  ORDER Falconiformes Family Bufonidae
 

Harris Hawk

Parabuteo unicintus
  ORDER Columbiformes Family Columbidae
 

Rock Pigeon (I)

Columba livia
 

Ringed-turtle Dove (I)

Streptopelia risoria
 

Eurasian Collared-Dove (I)

Streptopelia decaocto
 

Spotted Dove (I)

Streptopelia chinensis
  ORDER Psittaciformes Family Psittacidae
 

Rose-ringed Parakeet (I)

Psittacula krameri
  ORDER Passeriformes  
 

European Starling (I)

Sturnus vulgaris
 

House Sparrow (I)

Passer domesticus
 

CLASS MAMMALIA

 
 

ORDER Marsupialia

Opossums: Family Didelphidae

 

Virginia opossum (I)

Didelphis virginiana virginiana

 

ORDER Carnivora

Dogs: Family Canidae

 

Red fox (I)

Vulpes vulpes

 

Feral dog (I)

Canis familiaris

 

 

Cats: Family Felidae

 

Feral cat (I)

Felis catus

 

ORDER Perissodactya

Horses and Burros: Family Equidae

 

Wild burro (I)

Equus asinus

 

 

Pigs: Family Suidae

 

Wild pig (I)

Sus scrofa

 

ORDER Artiodactyla

Deer and Relatives: Family Cervidae

 

Rocky Mountain Elk (I)

Cervus elaphus nelsoni

 

 

Cattle, Sheep, and Relatives: Family Bovidae

 

Cattle (I)

Bos taurus

 

Domestic goat (I)

Ovis aries

 

Desert bighorn sheep (I)

Ovis canadensis nelsoni

 

ORDER Rodentia

Squirrels: Family Sciuridae

 

Fox squirrel (I)

Sciurus niger

 

 

Beaver: Family Castoridae

 

Beaver (I)

Castor canadensis

 

Muskrat

Ondatra zibethicus

 

Black rat (I)

Rattus rattus*

 

House mouse (I)

Mus musculus brevirostris

 

 

Mus musculus domesticus

 

ORDER Lagomorpha

Rabbits and Hares: Family Leporidae

 

European rabbit (I)

Oryctolagus cuniculus



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Kern Introduced Species - a short introduction and a list of plants

Checklist of Exotic Animals introduced to Kern County

Bullfrog

Virginia Opossum

Fox Squirrel

Rock Pigeon

Spotted Dove

Ringed Turtle Dove

Eurasian Collared Dove

Rose-ringed Parakeet

European Starling

House Sparrow

Hodgepodge of introduced Species

 

A series of simple checklists for use in the field



Frontispiece:

Virginia Opossum

Photo by Alison Sheehey NatureAli

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