Southwestern Native Aquatic Resource
and Recovery Center
Southwest Region

Species on Station

The Southwestern Native Aquatic Resources & Recovery Center currently holds 15 threatened and endangered species. The Center has a viable and protected captive gene pool of these imperiled fish native to the Southwest. The station maintains a broodstock for each species, rearing fish with the intent of reintroducing them into their native habitat.

The Center contributes to the recovery of each fish by providing a refugium, developing propagation and culture techniques, conducting water quality data, diet and nutrition testing, early life history studies, reproductive physiology and genetic management.

The Center is a pioneer in the area of research and development; housing the largest number of threatened and endangered fish species of any facility in the United States.

Species at the Southwestern Native Aquatic Resources & Recovery Center
Common Name Scientific Name Held for
Big Bend Gambusia Gambusia Giagei Endangered
Bonytail Chub Gila elegans Endangered
Chihuahua Chub Gila nigrescens Threatened
Colorado Pikeminnow Ptychocheilus lucius Endangered
Comanche Springs Pupfish Cyprinodon elegans Endangered
Desert Pupfish Cyprinodon macularis Endangered
Gila chub Gila intermedia Endangered
Guzman Beautiful Shiner Cyprinella formosa formosa Threatened
Headwater chub Gila nigra Candidate
Humpback chub Gila cypha Endangered
Leon Springs Pupfish Cyprinodon bovines Endangered
Loach minnow Tiaroga cobitis Endangered
Pahranagat Roundtail Chub Gila robusta jordani Endangered
Pecos bluntnose shiner Notropis simus pecosensis Threatened
Pecos Gambusia Gambusia nobilis Endangered
Pecos pupfish Cyprinodon pecosensis Threatened
Proserpine shiner Cyprinella proserpina Endangered
Razorback sucker Xyrauchen texanus Endangered
Rio Grande Silvery Minnow Hybognathus amarus Endangered
Spikedace Meda fulgida Endangered
Virgin River Chub Gila robusta seminude Endangered
Woundfin Minnow Plagopterus argentissimus Endangered
Channel Catfish Ictalurus punctatus Sportfish

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Last updated: February 16, 2017