from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several large cyprinid freshwater fishes of the genus Ptychocheilus, of western North America.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A cyprinid fish of the genus Ptychocheilus, a voracious predator on small trout and salmon.
When I posed the question of the species of the fish on the old CZ list in 1999 (actually, I see that Matt Bille had previously queried on the subject there), Jack "Rabbit" noted that it was probably the Colorado squawfish, Ptychocheilus lucius (now called the Colorado pikeminnow).
During the great depression my dad would catch squawfish and my grandmother would can it.
These include the bonytail chub, humpback chub, Sonora chub, Chihuahua chub, beautiful shiner, Pecos bluntnose shiner, razorback sucker, Colorado squawfish, Pyramid Lake cui-ui and Lahontan cutthroat trout.
The species, along with other native Colorado River fishes including the bonytail (Gila elegans), squawfish (Ptychocheilus lucius), and perhaps the flannelmouth sucker (Catostomus latipinnis), may not survive to the end of this century.
Anglicey: Eggs squawfish lean yoe nun feed marecurious.
On the other hand, we did teach a lesson to more than a dozen other finned critters of a different stripe: the Colorado squawfish, an endangered species.