Alberta Fishes


Where to find the fish guide: Alberta Book PeddlersChapters

Additional Literature Cited in the Guide:

Joynt A, Sullivan M (2003) Fish of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing, Vancouver.

Nelson JS, Paetz MJ (1992) The Fishes of Alberta, 2nd Edition. TheUniversity of Alberta Press, Edmonton.

Pollard WR, Hartman GF, Groot C, Edgell P (1997) Field Identification of Coastal Juvenile Salmonids. Harbour Publishing, BC.

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources Development (2007) Listingof “Invasive” Aquatic Species Occurring in Alberta. http://esrd.alberta.ca/fish-wildlife/fisheries-management/documents/InvasiveAquaticSpeciesInAlberta2007.pdf

Mee JA, Taylor EB (2012) The cybrid invasion: widespread postglacial dispersal by Phoxinus (Pisces: Cyprinidae) cytoplasmic hybrids. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 90: 577-584.

Pollard SM (2004) Status of the St. Mary Shorthead Sculpin (previously Cottus bairdi punctulatus) in Alberta. Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, and Alberta Conservation Association. Wildlife Status ReportNo. 51. Edmonton, AB. 24 pp.

Rasmussen JB, Taylor EB (2009) Status of Athabasca Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in Alberta. Alberta Sustainable ResourceDevelopment. Wildlife Status Report No. 66. Edmonton, AB. 32 pp.

Renaud CB, McAllister DE (1988) Taxonomic Status of the Extinct Banff Longnose Dace, Rhinichthys cataractae smithi, of Banff National Park,Alberta. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 23: 95-113.

Steinhilber M, Neely DA (2006) A New Record of Deepwater Sculpin, Myoxocephalus thompsonii, in Northeastern Alberta. Canadian Field-Naturalist. 120: 480-482.


Update: May 15, 2015

1. Small goldfish and prussian carp may not fit our "Key to using this guide”: they are a cyprinid, yet their pelvic and pectoral fins often overlap (many thanks to Ranjith Weerawardhena for catching this!)

2. The presence of crucian carp in Alberta has not been verified. An unpublished report in the province listed them as an invasive species, but it is possible these were misidentified Prussian carp.

3. Alberta's pearl dace (Margariscus margarita) was recently given a new species designation: northern pearl dace (Margariscus nachtriebi). Some sources still list this as a subspecies (Margariscus margarita nachtriebi).