Endangered Species Program
Conserving the Nature of America

Featured Species | Colorado Pikeminnow (09:38)

Host: Brynn Walling with Tom Charts

Colorado pikeminnow (click to view larger)
Colorado pikeminnow.
Photo credit: Joe Ferreira


Status: Endangered/ Listed on March 11, 1967
Scientific Name: Ptychocheilus lucius
Description: The Colorado pikeminnow, formerly the Colorado squawfish, is the largest American minnow, growing up to 6 feet long and weighing up to 80 pounds. The fish occurs in the warm, swift waters of the big rivers of the Colorado Basin.
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Last updated: November 21, 2012