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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 Fish Sampling in the Upper Blue River

Waders in the Water – Native Fish Sampling in the Upper Blue River During September 2017, the upper Blue River was monitored for Roundtail Chub. Chub from the Eagle Creek lineage were originally stocked into the upper Blue River in 2016, and… Continue Reading →

Status of Gila Trout Recovery Streams on Mt. Graham

Waders in the Water – Status of Gila Trout Recovery Streams on Mt. Graham Department staff recently surveyed Ash and Frye creeks on Mt. Graham in the Pinaleño Mountains that were impacted by the Frye Fire. Both creeks are Gila Trout… Continue Reading →

McGee Wash Sunfish Removal Project

A Day in the Field – McGee Wash Sunfish Removal Project Department staff surveyed McGee Wash (a tributary to Trout Creek) for the first time in September 2016 and found nonnative Green Sunfish abundant, native Desert Suckers common and Roundtail… 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 →

Gila Topminnow in Action Against Mosquitos

Featured Story – Gila Topminnow in Action Against Mosquitos Believed to have been the most abundant native fish in Arizona waters, the range and number of Gila Topminnow (Poeciliopsis occidentalis) within the state has declined dramatically due to habitat degradation… Continue Reading →

Summer Internships Come to a Close

Waders in the Water – Summer Internships Come to a Close As our internship season comes to a close at the Arizona Game and Fish Department, we would like to recognize our Native Aquatic Program interns for their outstanding performance… Continue Reading →

Roundtail Chub Survey at Sycamore Creek

A Day in the Field – Roundtail Chub Survey at Sycamore Creek Sycamore Creek, a tributary to the Agua Fria River, is home to the native Roundtail Chub (Gila robusta). Last week, the Department surveyed a series of pools along Sycamore… 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 →

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