Topeka Shriner
Annual Fish Survey

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Twenty-six species of fish are present within the waters of Pipestone Creek. Pipestone Creek provides habitat for the federally endangered Topeka Shiner, a minnow averaging 2-3 inches in length. Due to the rare nature of the Topeka shiner, monitoring is conducted annually to assess the health of the Pipestone Creek population.

The following species have been documented in Pipestone Creek within the national monument:

Common Name Scientific name

Minnows and Carps (Cyprinidae)
Topeka Shiner Notropis topeka
Central Stoneroller Campostoma anomalum
Common Carp Cyprinus carpio
Brassy Minnow Hybognathus hankinsoni
Common Shiner Luxilus cornutus
Bigmouth Shiner Notropis dorsalis
Red Shiner Cyprinella lutrensis
Sand Shiner Notropis ludibundus
Southern Redbelly Dace Phoxinus erthrogaster
Bluntnose Minnow Pimephales notatus
Fathead Minnow Pimephales promelas
Blacknose Dace Rhinichthys atratulus
Creek Chub Semotilus atromaculatus
Sunfishes (Centrarchidae)
Bluegill Lepomis macrochirus
Green Sunfish Lepomis cyanellus
Orangespotted Sunfish Lepomis humilis
Black Crappie Pomoxis nigromaculatus
Suckers and Redhorses (Catostomidae)
River Carpsucker Carpiodes carpio
White Sucker Catostomus commersoni
Topminnows and Killifishes (Fundulidae)
Plains Topminnow Fundulus sciadicus
Pikes (Esocidae)
Northern Pike Esox lucius
Sticklebacks (Gasterosteidae)
Brook Stickleback Culaea inconstans
Perches, Darters, and Walleye (Percidae)
Johnny Darter Etheostoma nigrum
North American Catfishes (Ictaluridae)
Black Bullhead Ameiurus melas
Tadpole Madtom Noturus gyrinus
Stonecat Noturus flavus

Last updated: March 28, 2018

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