Table Bc02: Fishes of the Cuivre River Basin

Table Bc02: Fishes of the Cuivre River Basin


Common Name Scientific Name Classification
Distribution Tolerance Status
Gars Lepisosteidae
Longnose gar Lepisosteus osseus Wide    
Shortnose gar Lepisosteus platostomus Big    
Herrings Clupeidae
Gizzard shad Dorosoma cepedianum Wide    
Skipjack herring Alosa chrysochloris Big I  
Minnows Cyprinidae
Central stoneroller Campostoma anomalum Ozrk-Pr    
Largescale stoneroller Campostoma oligolepis Ozrk I  
Bighead Carp1 Hypophthalmicthys nobilis Big    
Red Shiner Cyprinella lutrensis Pr    
Steelcolor shiner Cyprinella whipplei Ozrk I  
Common Carp Cyprinus carpio Wide    
Striped shiner Luxilus chrysocephalus Ozrk I  
Redfin shiner Lythrurus umbratilis Wide    
Silver chub Macrohybopsis storeriana Big I  
Golden shiner Notemigonus crysoleucas Wide    
Bigeye shiner Notropis boops Ozrk I  
Ghost shiner Notropis buchanani Pr I WL
Bigmouth shiner Notropis dorsalis Pr    
Suckermouth minnow Phenacobius mirabilis Pr    
Southern redbelly dace Phoxinus erythrogaster Ozrk I  
Bluntnose minnow Pimephales notatus Wide    
Fathead minnow Pimephales promelas Pr    
Bullhead minnow Pimephales vigilax Low    
Creek chub Semotilus atromaculatus Ozrk-Pr    
Hybrid shiner Cyprinella lutrensis X
C. Whipplei
Hybrid minnow Notropis dorsalis X
s. atromaculatus
Suckers Catostomidae
River carpsucker Carpiodes carpio Pr    
Quilback carpiodes cyprinus Pr    
Highfin carpsucker Carpiodes velifer Ozrk I  
White sucker Catostromus commersoni Ozrk-Pr    
Northern hog sucker Hypentelium nigricans Ozrk I  
Smallmouth buffalo Ictiobus bubalus Wide    
Bigmouth buffalo Ictiobus cyprinellus Wide    
Silver redhorse Moxostoma anisurum Ozrk I  
Black redhorse Moxostoma duquesnei Ozrk I  
Golden redhorse Moxostoma erythrurum Ozrk I  
Shorthead redhorse Moxostoma macrolepidotum Ozrk-Pr    
Catfishes Ictaluridae
Black bullhead Ameiurus melas Wide    
Yellow bullhead Ameirus natalis Wide    
Channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus Wide    
Slender madtom Noturus exilis Ozrk I  
Stonecat Noturus flavus Pr I  
Freckled madtom Noturus nocturnus Low I  
Flathead catfish Pylodictis olivaris Wide    
Pikes Esocidae
Northern pike1 Esox lucius U    
Pirate Perches Aphredoderidae
Pirate perch3 Aphredoderus sayanus Low I  
Killifishes Cyprinodontidae
Northern studfish Fundulus catenatus Ozrk    
Blackstripe topminnow Fundulus notatus Wide    
Livebearers Poeciliidae
Mosquitofish Gambusia affinis Low    
Silversides Atherinidae
Brook silverside Labidesthes sicculus Ozrk-Low I  
Sculpins Cottidae
Banded sculpin Cottus carolinae Ozrk I  
Sea Basses Percichthyidae
White bass Morone chrysops Big    
Sunfishes Centrarchidae
Green sunfish Lepomis cyanelus Wide    
Warmouth2 Lepomis gulosus Low    
Orangespotted sunfish Lepomis humillis Pr    
Bluegill Lepomis macrochirus Wide    
Smallmouth bass Micropterus dolomieu Ozrk I  
Largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides Wide    
White crappie Pomoxis annularis Wide    
Black crappie Pomoxis nigromaculatus Wide    
Hybrid sunfish Lepomis cyanellus X L. macrochirus      
Perches Percidae
Bluntnose darter Etheostoma chlorosomum Low I  
Slough darter Etheostoma gracile Low I  
Johnny darter Etheostoma nigrum Ozrk-Pr    
Orangethroat darter Etheostoma spectabile Ozrk    
Logperch Percina caprodes Ozrk I  
Blackside darter Percina maculata Pr I  
Slenderhead darter Percina phoxocephala Ozrk-Pr I  
Walleye2 Stizostedion vitreum Wide I  
Drums Sciaenidae
Freshwater drum Aplodinotus grunniens Big    


Big = Big river;
Low= Lowland;
Pr = Prairie;
Ozrk = Ozark;
Wide = Wide-ranging;
I= Intolerant species;
U = Undetermined;
WL = on Missouri Watch List of Rare or Endangered Species.

1 Species observed in 1992 fish kill in Cuivre River (Duchrow 1992b).

2 Species reported caught by anglers (A. S. Weithman, MDC, unpublished data).

3 Species caught by Cuivre River State Park personnel in Little Sugar Creek in 1983.

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