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Topeka Shiner (Notropis topeka)

 

The Topeka shiner, an endangered species, is a small minnow that lives in small to mid-size prairie streams in the central United States where it is usually found in pool and run areas. Suitable streams tend to have good water quality and cool to moderate temperatures. In Iowa, Minnesota, and portions of South Dakota, Topeka shiners also live in oxbows and off-channel pools.

Topeka shiner

Photo by Garold W. Sneegas

 

Status: Endangered, listed December 15, 1998

 

Habitat: Small prairie streams

 

Lead Region: 6

 

Region 3 Lead Office: Columbia Missouri Field Office

 

Range: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota

 

Critical Habitat: Designated July 27, 2004


 

Multi-Media

The Little Native Prairie Fish that Could: 2014 Post-winter Topeka Shiner Survey

 

Slideshow - Topeka Shiner Reintroduction in Missouri (Nov. 6, 2013)

 

Post -2012 Drought Recolonization Survey in Iowa

Life History, Ecology and Regulatory Information

Questions and Answers about the Topeka Shiner

 

Topeka Shiner in Minnesota

 

Species Profile (links to National U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service web pages)

 

Conservation and Recovery

Missouri Reintroduction

News Release (July 17, 2013): Restoring Endangered Topeka Shiner in Missouri

 

Federal Register Final Rule (Jan. 17, 2013): Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of Topeka Shiner in Northern Missouri 17-page PDF Adobe PDF Icon; 1.6MB

 

Questions and Answers : Topeka Shiner Reintroduction in Missouri and Designation of Non-essential Experimental Population (Jan. 17, 2013)

 

Iowa Oxbow Restorations

Post -2012 Drought Recolonization Survey in Iowa

Slideshow

Survey Proposal and Initial Results

 

The Topeka Shiner in Iowa: A True Example of Strategic Habitat Conservation (June 4, 2012)

 

Iowa State University to Study Topeka Shiner Habitat Restored by the Rock Island Field Office (July 18, 2011)

 

Private Stewardship Grant (May 2007): Southern Iowa Oak Savanna and Grand River Grassland Cooperative Restoration Initiative – Clarke, Decatur and Lucas Counties, Iowa; Ringgold County, Missouri – ($193,625*)

 

Private Stewardship Grant (May 2007): Restore Native Prairie and Oak Savanna Communities In the Little Sioux Watershed in Northwest Iowa – Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, and O’Brien Counties, Iowa – ($81,000*)

 

Private Stewardship Grant (May 2007): Topeka Shiner Recovery and Habitat Restoration - Calhoun County, Iowa – ($18,040)

 

2006 S6 Grant Project: Recovery activities for selected federally listed species in Minnesota

 

Critical Habitat

Topeka Shiner Range and Designated Critical Habitat in Iowa (PDF)

 

Topeka Shiner Designated Critical Habitat in Minnesota

 

Correction - Final Designation of Critical Habitat (PDF); Federal Register Notice - March 25, 2005

 

Final Designation of Critical Habitat for the Topeka Shiner (PDF);
Federal Register Notice - July 27, 2004

 

News Release: Critical Habitat for the Topeka Shiner Designated in Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska - July 27, 2004

 

Questions and Answers about the Topeka Shiner Critical Habitat Designation

 

Topeka Shiner S7 Consultation

Recommendations for Projects Affecting Waters Inhabited by Topeka Shiners (Notropis topeka) in Minnesota

 

Topeka Shiner Range and Designated Critical Habitat in Iowa (PDF)

 


 

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Last updated: July 16, 2014