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Wisconsin's rare fishes

Fishes on Wisconsin's Natural Heritage Working List - last revised June 2011. These species are tracked by the Natural Heritage Inventory Program, and we welcome you to submit observations for these species.

Click on the table headings to sort the table. Choose a species from the list to explore information for that animal. See also the watch list species below.
Scientific Name Common Name Global
Rank
State
Rank
Federal
Status
WI
Status
SGCN
Acipenser fulvescens Lake Sturgeon G3G4 S3 SC/H Y
Alosa chrysochloris Skipjack Herring G5 S1 END Y
Ammocrypta clara Western Sand Darter G3 S3 SC/N Y
Anguilla rostrata American Eel G4 S2 SC/N Y
Aphredoderus sayanus Pirate Perch G5 S3 SC/N
Coregonus zenithicus Shortjaw Cisco G3 S1 SC/H Y
Crystallaria asprella Crystal Darter G3 S1 END Y
Cycleptus elongatus Blue Sucker G3G4 S2 THR Y
Erimystax x-punctatus Gravel Chub G4 S1 END Y
Erimyzon sucetta Lake Chubsucker G5 S3 SC/N Y
Etheostoma asprigene Mud Darter G4 S3 SC/N
Etheostoma chlorosoma Bluntnose Darter G5 S1 END Y
Etheostoma microperca Least Darter G5 S3 SC/N Y
Fundulus dispar Starhead Topminnow G4 S2 END Y
Hiodon alosoides Goldeye G5 S2 END Y
Hybopsis amnis Pallid Shiner G4 S1 END Y
Ictiobus niger Black Buffalo G5 S2 THR Y
Lepomis megalotis Longear Sunfish G5 S2 THR Y
Luxilus chrysocephalus Striped Shiner G5 S1 END Y
Lythrurus umbratilis Redfin Shiner G5 S2 THR Y
Macrhybopsis hyostoma Shoal Chub G5 S2 THR Y
Macrhybopsis storeriana Silver Chub G5 S3 SC/N
Moxostoma carinatum River Redhorse G4 S2 THR Y
Moxostoma duquesnei Black Redhorse G5 S1 END Y
Notropis anogenus Pugnose Shiner G3 S2 THR Y
Notropis nubilus Ozark Minnow G5 S2 THR Y
Notropis texanus Weed Shiner G5 S3 SC/N
Noturus exilis Slender Madtom G5 S1 END Y
Opsopoeodus emiliae Pugnose Minnow G5 S3 SC/N
Percina evides Gilt Darter G4 S2S3 THR Y
Polyodon spathula Paddlefish G4 S2 THR Y

Watch list Fishes

Fishes on the Natural Heritage Inventory's "watch list." Watch list species have experienced, or are believed to have experienced, a statewide or range-wide decline, but are not currently tracked in the Natural Heritage Inventory (NHI) database. The watch list includes newly discovered species for which origin and rarity need to be determined, certain animals designated as Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) in the Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan, and species that were tracked in the past but proved more abundant, widespread, or less vulnerable than previously thought. Although watch list species are not actively tracked by NHI, occurrences documented during surveys are often stored by NHI, as these species could be tracked in the future if there is further evidence of their decline.
Scientific Name Common Name Global
Rank
State
Rank
Federal
Status
WI
Status
SGCN
Clinostomus elongatus Redside Dace G3G4 S3S4 SC/N Y
Coregonus kiyi Kiyi G3G4 S3S4 SC/H Y
Fundulus diaphanus Banded Killifish G5 S3S4 SC/N Y
Moxostoma valenciennesi Greater Redhorse G4 S3 SC/N Y
Notropis rubellus Rosyface Shiner G5 S3 SC/N
Prosopium coulterii Pygmy Whitefish G5 S3S4 SC/N

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Last revised: Tuesday, October 07, 2014