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San Bernardino NWR to Start Breeding Beautiful Shiner
Southwest Region, February 11, 2009
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Yaqui beautiful shiner.  Photo taken by William Radke, 2/13/2007, San Bernardino NWR , Cochise County, Arizona.
Yaqui beautiful shiner. Photo taken by William Radke, 2/13/2007, San Bernardino NWR , Cochise County, Arizona. - Photo Credit: n/a

The refuge partnered with the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) and the Arizona Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (AZFWCO; formally the Arizona Fisheries Resource Office), to set up breeding of the Yaqui beautiful shiner (Cyprinella formosa) at the refuge headquarters. The shiner is one of four Federally-listed fish species the refuge is working towards recovering. In previous years the refuge has relied on outside entities to propagate shiner for reintroduction to the refuge. Currently the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum is attempting to breed beautiful shiner at the museum in Tucson. Using knowledge from Jason Kline, of the AZGFD, on the rearing of native fish, and the financial support of the AZFWCO, the refuge has set up tanks in the refuge lab and breeding shiner should begin by the end of February.  If the refuge is successful in this effort it will allow for shiner to be placed in the new impoundment that was created last year on San Bernardino NWR and also permit the reintroduction of shiner to upstream habitat in the Leslie Canyon Drainage, in which Leslie Canyon NWR is located.


Contact Info: Christopher Lohrengel, 520-364-2104 x.106, chris_lohrengel@fws.gov



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