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Native Species of the Month

Native Species of the Month: Loach Minnow

Common Name: Loach Minnow Scientific Name: Rhinichthys cobitis  Appearance: The Loach Minnow is a small stream dwelling minnow, with a maximum length of about 2.75 inches. The body is elongated, and a little compressed and flattened vertically, particularly towards the… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month: Beautiful Shiner

Common Name:  Beautiful Shiner; Yaqui Shiner Scientific Name: Cyprinella formosa Appearance: Length up to 3.5 in. Body compressed, its depth about same as length of head. Snout relatively pointed. Mouth oblique. Lateral line slightly decurved. Nonbreeding coloration similar to that… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month: Gila Trout

Common Name: Gila Trout Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus gilae Appearance:  Gila Trout have iridescent gold sides that blend to a dark copper on the gill plates.  They have small, profuse spots on their body typically occurring above the lateral line from… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month: Colorado River Pikeminnow

Common Name: Colorado River Pikeminnow Scientific Name: Ptchocheilus lucius Appearance: The Colorado River Pikeminnow, once known as the Colorado River Squawfish, is North America’s largest minnow (family Cyprinidae). Historically, individuals grew up to 6 feet long and weighed more than… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month: Bluehead Sucker

Common Name: Bluehead Sucker Scientific Name: Catostomus discobolus discobolus Appearance: Depending on local water conditions, color of skin can vary from entirely silver, to tan or dark brown dorsally, with a white to yellowish white belly; larger fish tend to have… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month – Machete

Common Name: Machete, Pacific Tenpounder, Ladyfish. Scientific Name: Elops affinis Appearance: Overall silver coloration, with yellowish tinge in eyes and the bases of paired fins; dorsal and anal fins fit into sheaths of scales at base; elongated body; straight lateral… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month – Yaqui Catfish

Common Name: Yaqui Catfish Scientific Name: Ictalurus pricei Appearance: The Yaqui Catfish is very similar in appearance to the Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus). Coloration is dark gray to black dorsally while the underside of the fish is white to grayish…. Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month- Speckled Dace

Common Name: Speckled Dace Scientific Name: Rhinichthys osculus Appearance: Small minnow, rarely exceeding 7.6 cm (3.0 inches). Color varies from dusky yellow or olive with large black blotches to olive or grayish on back, fading to lighter underside; black spot… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month- Apache Trout

Apache Trout are one of two native trout species in Arizona and also Arizona’s state fish! Common Name: Apache Trout Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus apache Appearance: Apache Trout are yellow-gold in color along their sides and dark olive on their backs…. Continue Reading →

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