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Table Bc01: Fish Species in the Current River Watershed

Table Bc01: Fish Species in the Current River Watershed

(1 of 7). Fish species (and subspecies) whose distribution range includes the Current River Watershed (MDC Ozark Regional Fish Community and Sport Fish Sample Files; Pflieger 1989; Pflieger 1997; MDC 1998a; MNHP 2001a; MoRAP 2000a).
Common Name Scientific Name Geographic Affinity Period
1 2 3
Family: Petromyzontidae (Lampreys) Total Species: 4 3 3 1
American Brook Lamprey Lampetra appendix O X X  
Chestnut Lamprey Ichthyomyzon castaneus O,R X X  
Least Brook Lamprey Lampetra aepyptera O X X X
Family: Acipenseridae (Sturgeons) Total Species: 1 1 1 0
Shovelnose Sturgeon Scaphirhychus platorynchus   X X  
Family: Polyodontidae (Paddlefishes) Total Species: 1 1 1 1
Paddlefish Polyodon spathula R X X X
Family: Lepisosteidae (Gars) Total Species: 4 3 4 1
Alligator Gar Lepisosteus spatula R   X  
Longnose Gar Lepisosteus ossues WIDE X X X
Shortnose Gar Lepisosteus platostomus R X X  
Spotted Gar Lepisosteus oculatus L X X  
Family: Amiidae (Bowfins) Total Species: 1 1 1 0
Bowfin Amia calva L,R X X  
Family: Hiodontidae (Mooneyes) Total Species: 1 1 1 0
Mooneye Hiodon tergisus WIDE X X  
Family: Anguillidae (Freshwater Eels) Total Species: 1 1 1 0
American Eel Anguilla rostrata R,O X X  
Family: Clupeidae (Herrings) Total Species: 3 2 3 1
Gizzard Shad Dorosoma cepedianum WIDE X X X
Skipjack Herring Alosa chrysochloris R X X  
Threadfin Shad Dorsoma petenense R   X  
Family: Cyprinidae (Minnows) Total Species: 31 28 28 24
Bigeye Chub Notropis amblops O X X X
Bigeye Shiner Notropis boops O X X X
Blacktail Shiner Cyprinella venusta L X X X
Bleeding Shiner Luxilus zonatus O X X X
Bluntnose Minnow Pimephales notatus WIDE X X X
Bullhead Minnow Pimephales vigilax L, R X X  
Central Stoneroller Campostoma pullum O,P X X X
Common Carp Cyprinus carpio WIDE X X X
Creek Chub Semotilus atromaculatus P,O X X X
Eastern Redfin Shiner Lythrurus u. cyanocephalus O,L X X X
Emerald Shiner Notropis atherinoides R X X X
Fathead Minnow Pimephales promelas P X    
Golden Shiner Notemigonus crysoleucas WIDE X X X
Gravel Chub Erimystax x-punctatus O   X X
Hornyhead Chub Nocomis biguttatus O X X X
Largescale Stoneroller Campostoma oligolepis O X X X
Mississippi Silvery Minnow Hybognathus nuchalis R X X X
Ozark Chub Erimystax harryi O X X X
Ozark Minnow Notropis nubilus O X X X
Ozark Shiner Notropis ozarcanus O X X X
Pallid Shiner Notropis amnis L X    
Pugnose Minnow Opsopoeodus emiliae L X X  
Ribbon Shiner Lythrurus fumeus L X X X
Rosyface Shiner Notropis rubellus O X X X
Southern Redbelly Dace Phoxinus erythrogaster O X X X
Steelcolor Shiner Cyprinella whipplei O X    
Striped Shiner Luxilus chrysocephalus O X X X
Taillight Shiner Notropis maculatus L   X  
Telescope Shiner Notropis telescopus O X X X
Wedgespot Shiner Notropis greenei O X X X
Weed Shiner Notropis texanus L X X  
Family: Catostomidae (Suckers) Total Species: 17 16 16 14
Bigmouth Buffalo Ictiobus cyprinellus R X X  
Black Buffalo Ictiobus niger WIDE X X X
Black Redhorse Moxostoma duquesnei O X X X
Blue Sucker Cycleptus elongatus R, O X X  
Creek Chubscker Erimyzon oblongus O X X X
Golden Redhorse Moxostoma erythrurum O,P X X X
Highfin Carpsucker Carpiodes velifer O   X X
Lake Chubsucker Erimyzon sucetta L X   X
Northern Hog Sucker Hypentelium nigricans O X X X
River Carpsucker Carpiodes carpio R,P X X  
River Redhorse Moxostoma carinatum O X X X
Shorthead Redhorse Moxostoma macrolepidotum O X X X
Silver Redhorse Moxostoma anisurum O X X X
Smallmouth Buffalo Ictiobus bubalus R X X X
Spotted Sucker Minytrema melanops L,O X X X
Whitetail Shiner Cyprinella galactura O X X X
White Sucker Catostomus commersoni P,O X X X
Family: Ictaluridae (Catfishes) Total Species: 10 9 10 5
Black Bullhead Ameiurus melas P X X  
Brindled Madtom Noturus miurus O,L X X  
Channel Catfish Ictalurus punctatus WIDE X X  
Checkered Madtom Noturus flavater O X X X
Flathead Catfish Pylodictis olivaris WIDE X X X
Freckled Madtom Noturus nocturnus L,P X X  
Ozark Madtom Noturus albater O X X X
Tadpole Madtom Noturus gyrinus L,P X X  
Yellow Bullhead Ameiurus natalis P,O X X X
Slender Madtom Noturus exilis O   X X
Family: Esocidae (Pikes) Total Species: 2 1 1 2
Chain Pickerel Esox niger O X X X
Grass Pickerel Esox americanus O     X
Family: Salmonidae (Trouts) Total Species: 2 1 1 2
Brown Trout Salmo trutta O     X
Rainbow Trout Oncorhychus mykiss O X X X
Family: Aphredoderidae (Pirate Perches) Total Species: 1 1 1 1
Pirate Perch Aphredoderus sayanus L X X X
Family: Amblyopsidae (Cavefishes) Total Species: 1 1 0 1
Southern Cavefish Typhlichthys subterraneus O X   X
Family: Fundulidae (Killfishes) Total Species: 3 2 3 2
Blackspotted Topminnow Fundulus olivaceous L,O X X X
Starhead Topminnow Fundulus dispar L   X  
Studfish Fundulus catenatus O X X X
Family: Poecilliidae (Livebearers) Total Species: 1 1 1 1
Western Mosquitofish Gambusia affinis WIDE X X X
Family: Atherinidae (Silversides) Total Species: 1 1 1 1
Brook Silverside Labidesthes sicculus O X X X
Family: Cottidae (Sculpins) Total Species: 2 2 2 2
Banded Sculpin Cottus carolinae O X X X
Ozark Sculpin Cottus hypselurus O X X X
Family: Percichthyidae (Temperate Basses) Total Species: 1 1 1 0
White Bass Morone chrysops O,P X X  
Family: Elassomatidae (Pygmy Sunfishes) Total Species: 1 0 1 1
Banded Pigmy Sunfish Elassoma zonatum L   X X
Family: Centrarchidae (Sunfishes) Total Species: 14 13 14 9
Black Crappie Pomoxis nigromaculatus WIDE X X  
Bluegill Lepomis macrochirus WIDE X X X
Flier Centrarchus macropterus L   X  
Green Sunfish Lepomis cyanellus WIDE X X X
Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides WIDE X X X
Longear Sunfish Lepomis megalotis O,L X X X
Orange Spotted Sunfish Lepomis humilis WIDE X X  
Redear Sunfish Lepomis microlophus O X X X
Red Spotted Sunfish Lepomis miniatus L,O X X X
Shadow Bass Amploplites ariommus O X X X
Smallmouth Bass Micropterus dolomieu O X X X
Spotted Bass Micropterus punctulatus L,O X X  
Warmouth Lepomis gulosus L X X X
White Crappie Pomoxis annuularis WIDE X X  
Family: Percidae (Perches) Total Species: 23 19 21 12
Banded Darter Etheostoma zonale O X X X
Barred Fantail Darter Etheostoma f. flabellare O X X X
Blackside Darter Percina maculata P,L X X  
Bluntnose Darter Etheostoma chlorosomum L X X  
Current Darter Etheostomas. Uniporum O X X X
Current River Saddled Darter Etheostoma e. erizonum O X X X
Cypress Darter Etheostoma proeliare L X X  
Dusky Darter Percina sciera L X X  
Gilt Darter Percina evides O X X X
Greenside Darter Etheostoma blennioides O X X X
Harlequin Darter Etheostoma histrio L X X X
Johnny Darter Etheostoma nigrum P X X X
Ohio Logperch Percina c. caprodes O X X X
Rainbow Darter Etheostoma caeruleum O X X X
Saddleback Darter Percina vigil L   X  
Sauger Stizostedion canadense R   X  
Slough Darter Etheostoma gracile L X X  
Speckeld Darter Etheostoma stigmaeum O,L X X  
Stargazing Darter Percina uraidea O X X X
Stippled Darter Etheostoma punctulatum O X X  
Walleye Stizostedion vitreum O,R X X X
Family: Sciaenidae (Drums) Total Species: 1 1    
Freshwater Drum Aplodinotus grunniens WIDE X X X
Watershed Species Total: 124 111 117 82

Period: 1=collected 1930 to 1957; 2=collected 1958 to 1979; 3=collected 1980 to 2000

Geographic Affinity (based on aquatic faunal regions of Missouri):

L=Lowland, O=Ozark, P=Prairie, R=Big River, WIDE=Widely Distributed

Key Messages: 

Conservation pays by enriching our economy and quality of life.

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