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Hybrid Buffalo

Ictiobus niger X Ictiobus bubalus

Buffalo hybrid possesses characteristics of both Black Buffalo and Smallmouth Buffalo. Individuals have been found in eastern Lake Erie since the 1990s but it was reported in the central and western parts of the lake in previous decades. Neither parental form is native to Lake Erie. Additional records come from the Lower Niagara and a bay of Lake Ontario near Rochester. Little is known of their habitat preferences in New York; they inhabit the largest lakes and some tributary mouths or bays.

Fish atlas map for Hybrid Buffalo.