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Contact information
For information on Wisconsin's rare vertebrate animals, contact:
Rich Staffen
Conservation Biologist
For information on Wisconsin's rare invertebrates, contact:
Jay Watson
Conservation Biologist

Wisconsin's rare fishes

Fishes on Wisconsin's Natural Heritage Working List – last revised May 2016. Life history, where they are found in the state, photos and management information is available for many of these species. Please consider sharing your observations [exit DNR] with the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory

Click on the table headings to sort the table or sort taxonomically. Choose a species from the list to explore information for that animal. View the table key.
Scientific Name Common Name Global
WWAP Mapped in NHI
Acipenser fulvescens Lake Sturgeon G3G4 S3 SC/H SGCN Y
Alosa chrysochloris Skipjack Herring G5 S1 END SGCN Y
Ammocrypta clara Western Sand Darter G3 S3S4 m-SIN N
Anguilla rostrata American Eel G4 S2 SC/N SGCN Y
Coregonus artedi Cisco G5 S4 m-SIN N
Coregonus zenithicus Shortjaw Cisco G3 S1 SOC SC/H SGCN Y
Crystallaria asprella Crystal Darter G3 S1 SOC END SGCN Y
Cycleptus elongatus Blue Sucker G3G4 S2 THR SGCN Y
Erimystax x-punctatus Gravel Chub G4 S1 END SGCN Y
Erimyzon sucetta Lake Chubsucker G5 S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Etheostoma asprigene Mud Darter G4 S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Etheostoma chlorosoma Bluntnose Darter G5 S1 END SGCN Y
Etheostoma microperca Least Darter G5 S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Fundulus diaphanus Banded Killifish G5 S3S4 m-SIN N
Fundulus dispar Starhead Topminnow G4 S2 END SGCN Y
Hiodon alosoides Goldeye G5 S2 END SGCN Y
Hybopsis amnis Pallid Shiner G4 S1 END SGCN Y
Ictiobus niger Black Buffalo G5 S2 THR SGCN Y
Lepomis megalotis Longear Sunfish G5 S2 THR SGCN Y
Luxilus chrysocephalus Striped Shiner G5 SH END SGCN Y
Lythrurus umbratilis Redfin Shiner G5 S2 THR SGCN Y
Macrhybopsis hyostoma Shoal Chub G5 S2 THR SGCN Y
Moxostoma carinatum River Redhorse G4 S2 THR SGCN Y
Moxostoma duquesnei Black Redhorse G5 S1 END SGCN Y
Notropis anogenus Pugnose Shiner G3 S2 THR SGCN Y
Notropis nubilus Ozark Minnow G5 S2 THR SGCN Y
Noturus exilis Slender Madtom G5 S1 END SGCN Y
Percina evides Gilt Darter G4 S2S3 THR SGCN Y
Polyodon spathula Paddlefish G4 S2 THR SGCN Y
Prosopium coulterii Pygmy Whitefish G5 S3S4 m-SIN N

Rank and status: To learn more about species rank and status, see the working list key. WWAP: (Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan): SGCN (Species of Greatest Conservation Need) and monitoring and ranking SIN (Species with Information Needs). Mapped in NHI: (Natural Heritage Inventory): Y = Observations of these species are mapped into the NHI database.

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Last revised: Thursday, December 22, 2022