150 Fishes to Celebrate 150 Years

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150 Fishes to Celebrate 150 Years

In 2020, the American Fisheries Society will celebrate its 150th Anniversary. As part of the celebration, the Society will be calling attention to 150 fishes. We solicited nominations of fishes for the list by the Society’s membership.

The 150 Fishes list is a celebration of the biodiversity of freshwater and marine fishes of North America. These fishes will help tell the story of fish and fisheries of the continent. They may illustrate unique life histories, beauty, conservation issues, and challenges of managing and conserving these animals and their habitats.  These fishes represent our native biodiversity, but also illustrates how invasives and our own human nature have had impacts on our aquatic resources. Hence, this list will primarily focus on native species but may include non-natives when they tell a compelling fisheries story. From the stories of these fishes, the Society and the public can learn to better appreciate these amazing natural resources and be challenged to ensure that future generations will be able to experience these fishes in their native settings.

Nomination Process

Fish nominations are now closed.

Circulation Process

The 150 Fishes list will reside at the 150th Anniversary Website, information about individual fish from the list will be circulated through various social media platforms throughout the year.

This list is meant to be a fun for members and informative for the public. It is unlikely we will be able to include all nominations. We acknowledge that every fish has a story. There may be opportunities to discuss all the nominated fishes in the future.


Catchy TitleMissouri Ozarks Endemic
Common Name of FishNiangua Darter
Scientific Name of FishEtheostoma nianguae
Image of FishImage of Fish
Image Caption and CreditCredit: Missouri Department of Conservation
Description of Why This Fish Is Important/Interesting

The Niangua Darter is endemic to the Osage River Basin of Missouri. Occurring in small gravelly Ozark streams this darter is very charismatic member of the native fish assemblage. During spring spawning males become vividly colored displaying a bright blue-green and red color pattern. Habitat degradation from reservoir construction and land use practices reduced and fragmented its range significantly. In 1985 the Niangua Darter was designated a nationally threatened species. The Niangua Darter continues to persist but remains susceptible to local extinctions.

Website or Journal Article for More Informationhttps://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/fishes/NianguaDarter/index.html
Your NameBrandon Brooke