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

  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
  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


Necturas maculatus

  Tiger Salamander [I] Ambystoma tigrinum
  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
  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



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



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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A series of Nature Ali publications gives life histories and photographs of selected introduced species. If you would like to share anecdotes, photos or descriptions of other naturalized species; please Email

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

Checklist of Exotic Animals introduced to Kern County


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


Virginia Opossum

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