Common name: Plains Topminnow
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Identification: Bouc (1987); Page and Burr (1991); Pflieger (1997).
Size: 7 cm.
Native Range: Disjunct distribution, Missouri River basin from western Iowa to
eastern Wyoming; Missouri drainage, central Missouri; and Neosho River
system, southwestern Missouri, southeastern Kansas, and northeastern
Oklahoma (Page and Burr 1991).
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Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps
Native range data for this species provided in part by NatureServe
This species was collected from the White River (Rio Blanco County) in Colorado
(Wick et al. 1981; Tyus et al. 1982; Woodling 1985). It also was
introduced into the San Luis Valley (Rio Grande headwaters) in Colorado
(Zuckerman and Behnke 1986). The Plains Topminnow has also been
introduced into the Kansas drainage in Frenchman Creek, a tributary of
the Republican River in Hitchcock County, Nebraska (Cross 1967; Cross et al. 1986), and the Cheyenne drainage in Wyoming (Gorges 1994).
Means of Introduction: The species was introduced accidentally into the San Luis Valley by the
Colorado Department of Wildlife (Zuckerman and Behnke 1986). It was
introduced into Rio Blanco County via unknown means, probably bait
bucket release. Probable bait bucket introduction in Nebraska (Cross
1967). This species was first captured below Enders Reservoir, an area
commonly fished with bait minnows, in 1959. The fish likely came from
the nearby Platte River (Cross 1967).
Status: Reported in White River drainage (Woodling 1985); extirpated in Rio
Grande drainage, Colorado (Zuckerman and Behnke 1986). Established in
Impact of Introduction: Unknown.
References: (click for full references)
Page, L. M., and B. M. Burr. 1991. A field guide to
freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. The Peterson Field
Guide Series, volume 42. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.
R. J., T. A. Lytle, and C. M. Haynes. 1981. Colorado squawfish and
humpback chub population monitoring. Federal Aid Project SE-3-3, Job 1,
Progress Report. Colorado Division of Wildlife, Denver, CO. 156 pp.
J. 1985. Colorado's little fish: a guide to the minnows and other
lesser known fishes in the state of Colorado. Colorado Division of
Wildlife, Denver, CO. 77 pp.
Zuckerman, L. D., and R. J. Behnke. 1986. Introduced fishes in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. Pages 435-452 in
R. H. Stroud, editor. Fish culture in fisheries management. Proceedings
of a symposium on the role of fish culture in fisheries management at
Lake Ozark, MO, March 31-April 3, 1985. American Fisheries Society,
Revision Date: 12/5/2003
Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016
Fuller, P., 2018, Fundulus sciadicus Cope, 1865: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=691, Revision Date: 12/5/2003, Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016, Access Date: 1/24/2018
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