Rock Island Ecological Services Office
Midwest Region

TOPEKA SHINER

STATUS IN IOWA

picture of a topeka shiner

Notropis topeka
Copyrighted Photography by Garold W. Sneegas

Status
To date, the shiner has been confirmed in 11 counties. It will likely be found in more.

County

Creek

Buena Vista

North Raccoon River (floodplain wetlands)

Boone

North Raccoon River (floodplain wetlands)

Calhoun

Camp Creek
West Fork Camp Creek

Cedar Creek

East Cedar Creek

Lake Creek

Prairie Creek
Purgatory Creek

North Raccoon (floodplain wetlands)

Carroll

North Raccoon River (floodplain wetlands)

Dallas

Elm Branch

North Raccoon River (floodplain wetlands)

Swan Lake Branch

Greene

East Buttrick Creek

West Buttrick Creek

Cedar Creek

Hardin Creek

North Raccoon River (floodplain wetlands)
Short Creek

Hamilton

Boone River tributaries

Brewers Creek

White Fox Creek tributaries

Humboldt

Boone River tributaries

Kossuth

Prairie Creek

Prairie Creek tributaries

Lyon

Kanaranzi Creek (not yet known to occur, but listed for Critical Habitat)

Little Rock River

Rock River

Osceola

Little Rock River

Sac

Blackhawk Lake outlet

Indian Creek and tributaries
North Raccoon River (floodplain wetlands)

Webster

Brushy Creek Reservoir outlet

West Buttrick Creek

Ditch #57, Lost Grove Creek

Wright

Boone River tributaries

Brewer's Creek
Ditch #3

Ditch #19

Eagle Creek
White Fox Creek


One interesting aspect that the sampling has revealed is that the shiner is not restricted to the main channels of these streams as previously thought. Rather is has turned up in a number of off-channel habitats such as oxbows, cutoffs, and ponds. Dr. Menzel believes there may be a correlation between finding the shiner in these off-channel habitats and the discharge of groundwater into such areas via a sand/gravel lens.

Recovery Team Activities

The Recovery Team consists of the following members:

Vernon Tabor
Team Leader

USFWS
Kansas Field Office

Manhattan, KS

Scott Yess

USFWS Fishery Resources Office

Onalaska, WI

Dr. Jay Hatch

University of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN

Paul McKenzie

USFWS
Columbia Field Office

Columbia, MO

Richard Baker

Minnesota DNR

St. Paul, MN

Harold Kerns

Missouri DOC

St. Joseph, MO

Dave Lucchesi

South Dakota Dept. of Game, Fish and Parks

Sioux Falls, SD

Kim Bogenschutz

Iowa DNR

Boone, IA

George Cunningham

Eco-Centrics, Inc.

Omaha, NE

Harold Kerns

Missouri Dept. of Conservation

St. Joseph, MO

Chris Mammoliti

Kansas Dept.of Wildlife and Parks

Pratt, KS

Last updated: July 17, 2008