Coregonus nigripinnis Milner, 1874

Blackfin cisco



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Coregonus nigripinnus Milner, 1874


The Blackfin cisco may simply be a variety of C. artedi (Gimenez Dixon, 1996).


Conservation Status

Last record: 26 June 1923 (Miller et al. 1989:24), 1960 (COSEWIC, 2007) (Lake Huron); 26 November 1969 (Miller et al. 1989:24) (Lake Michigan)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



North America


Biology & Ecology










COSEWIC. (2007). COSEWIC assessment and update status report on the blackfin cisco Coregonus nigripinnis in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Ottawa, ON. vi + 23 pp.

Day, David. (1981). The Doomsday Book of Animals: A Natural History of Vanished Species. New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press.

Gimenez Dixon, M. (1996). Coregonus nigripinnis. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. ( Downloaded on 09 July 2011.

Jelks, Howard L., Walsh, Stephen J., Burkhead, Noel M., Contreras-Balderas, Salvador, Díaz-Pardo, Edmundo, Hendrickson, Dean A., Lyons, J., Mandrak, Nicholas E., McCormick, Frank, Nelson, Joseph F., Platania, Steven P., Porter, Brady A., Renaud, Claude B., Schmitter-Soto, Juan Jacabo, Taylor, Eric B. and Warren, Melvin L. Jr. (2008). Conservation status of imperiled North American freshwater and diadromous fishes. Fisheries 33(8): 372-407.

Koelz, W. (1929). Coregonid fishes of the Great Lakes. Bull. U. S. Bur. Fish 43: 297-643.

Mandrak, N. E., Pratt, T. C. and Reid, S. M. (2014). Evaluating the current status of deepwater ciscoes (Coregonus spp.) in Canadian waters of Lake Huron, 2002-2012, with emphasis on Shortjaw Cisco (C. zenithicus). DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 2013/108. v + 12 pp.

Miller, R. R., Williams, J. D. and Williams, J. E. (1989). Extinctions of North American fishes during the past century. Fisheries 14(6): 22-38.

Parker, B. J. (1989). Status of the blackfin cisco, Coregonus nigripinnis in Canada. Can. Field Nat. 103: 9-162.

Robins, C.R., R.M. Bailey, C.E. Bond, J.R. Brooker, E.A. Lachner, R.N. Lea, and W.B. Scott. (1991). Common and scientific names of fishes from the United States and Canada. American Fisheries Society, Special Publication 20. 183 pp.


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