LRP - Licenses

LRP - Regulations

LRP - Permits

Recreation - Statewide

Recreation - Trapping

Recreation - Fishing

Recreation - Hunting

Env. Protection - Management

Env. Protection - Emergency

Env. Protection - Resources

To sign up for updates or to access your subscriber preferences, please enter your contact information below.



 
Share your observations

Share your observations of plants or non-game animals with the Natural Heritage Inventory.

Rare animals
Find rare and non-game animals.
Rare plants
Learn about plants on the Natural Heritage Working List.
Rare lichens
Discover Wisconsin's lichens.
Natural communities
Explore Wisconsin's natural communities.
Other features
Discover unique resources.
Eagle license plate

Help care for rare plants and animals by ordering an Endangered Resources plate.

Contact information
For information on Wisconsin's rare animals, contact:
Rich Staffen
Conservation Biologist
608-266-4340

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

Many bird avoidance dates have changed, we are in the process of making these consistent across all documents, but for the most recent dates please go to the bird calendar. The bird calendar contains required (Avoidance Period) and recommended (Conservation Period) dates for avoiding impacts to rare Wisconsin birds when planning management or development activities.

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

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.

Back to Top

Last revised: Wednesday, September 19, 2018