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Mohave Tui Chub Research

Lake Tuendae at Zzyzx, California

Lake Tuendae at Zzyzx, California

From its refuge in MC Spring the Mohave tui chub was introduced into Lake Tuendae, an artificial pond excavated by A.E. Springer around 1955 at his Zzyzx Mineral Springs resort.

Mojave National Preserve hosted a workshop of scientists and agency personnel in 2003 to develop a management plan for improving the status of the Mohave tui chub. Six populations, stable for at least ten years, are required to achieve down-listing from "endangered" to "threatened" status according to the Recovery Plan.

Three new research projects came out of the 2003 workshop.

1) A Master's Thesis project is underway at California State University-Fullerton and the Desert Studies Consortium censusing populations at Lake Tuendae, MC Spring (these two count as one population in the Recovery Plan), China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, and Camp Cady.

2) An investigation of the effects of Asian Tapeworm (Bothriocephalus achelognathii), a cestode parasite discovered when Lake Tuendae was dredged in 2001, is being conducted by the Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in Tucson, Arizona.

3) A study of species interactions and ecology of Lake Tuendae is being conducted by North Dakota State University with attention to the establishment of new population refuges.

Research results will be posted on this webpage when completed.

Archdeacon, T. P., and S. A. Bonar. 2006. Techniques for laboratory spawning of Mohave tui chub, Desert Fishes Council 38th Annual Meeting, Death Valley, California.(presentation)

Archdeacon, T. P., 2007. Effects of Asian Tapeworm on Mohave Tui Chub. Final Thesis Presentation.

Archdeacon, T. P., 2007. Effects of Asian Tapeworm, Mosquitofish, and Food Ration on Mohave Tui Chub Growth and Survival, Master's Thesis, School of Natural Resources, The University of Arizona, 77p.

Chen, Y., S. Parmenter, and B. May. 2006. Genetic structure and management history of Mohave tui chub, Desert Fishes Council 38th Annual Meeting, Death Valley, California.(presentation)

Henkananththegedara, S. and C. Stockwell. 2006. Biotic evaluation of Mohave tui chub habitats: Lake Tuendae and MC Pond, Mojave National Preserve, Desert Fishes Council 38th Annual Meeting, Death Valley, California.(presentation)

Did You Know?

photo of mojave mound cactus bloom

Mojave National Preserve was established in 1994 through the California Desert Protection Act. Now managed by the National Park Service, the area was known as the East Mojave Scenic Area, under the Bureau of Land Management.