Native Species of the Month

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 →

Native Species of the Month- Humpback Chub

Common Name: Humpback Chub Scientific Name: Gila cypha Appearance: Humpback chub are large olive to silvery fish with a fleshy hump located behind their head. This hump begins developing at 3-4 years of age. They can reach up to 500… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month- Desert Pupfish

Common Name: Desert Pupfish Scientific Name: Cyprinodon macularius macularius Appearance: Adults of both sexes can typically reach 2 inches, or slightly greater in length. Breeding color of the male is a brilliant, iridescent light-blue on their sides and backs, with… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month- Arizona Tree Frog

Common Name: Arizona Tree Frog Scientific Name: Hyla wrightorum Appearance: The Arizona Treefrog is a green or copper/brown frog, not greater than 2.25” in size. It has a dark eye stripe that can extend all the way from the snout… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month: Spikedace

Common Name: Spikedace Scientific Name: Meda fulgida Appearance: Spikedace are a slender bodied fish with a pointed snout, large eyes, and a compressed tail. The first ray on their dorsal fin is the strongest and most-sharp pointed. They are olive-gray… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month: Gila Topminnow

Common Name: Gila topminnow Scientific Name: Poeciliopsis occidentalis Appearance: Females typically up to 1.5 inches long; on their sides and back they are tan in color, with the color of their bellies being cream or white. Females often have diffuse,… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month: Little Colorado Spinedace

Common Name: Little Colorado Spinedace Scientific Name: Lepidomeda vittata Appearance: LC Spinedace have large eyes and a shortened rounded snout. They are silvery fish darker (blue or grey) on the dorsal side and fading to white on the belly. Occasionally… Continue Reading →

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