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 TitleMound-builders are keystone stream fishes
Common Name of FishBluehead Chub
Scientific Name of FishNocomis leptocephalus
Image of FishImage of Fish
Image Caption and CreditA male Central Stoneroller interferes with a spawning clasp between a male and female Bluehead Chub while other Central Stonerollers feed on chub eggs as they are being deposited. Meanwhile, Mountain Redbelly Dace Chrosomus oreas may be seen around the nest (Brandon Peoples).
Description of Why This Fish Is Important/Interesting

Throughout the Atlantic and Gulf Slope drainages of the eastern United States, chubs Nocomis spp. (Family Cyprinidae), including Bluehead Chub, construct conspicuous gravel mounds for spawning. Nocomis nests are also used for spawning by numerous other cyprinids, collectively termed “nest associates”. Interactions on Nocomis nests can be complex; some nest associate species may truly deposit eggs, whereas other species may simply be feeding on the eggs. Furthermore, some species, such as Central Stoneroller Campostoma anomalum, may do both. Nest-associative spawning can be an important driver of stream fish community structure, especially in silted streams where reproduction of nest associates might not otherwise prove successful.

Website or Journal Article for More InformationPeoples, B.K., P. Cooper, E.A. Frimpong and E.M. Hallerman. 2017. DNA barcoding elucidates cyprinid reproductive interactions in a southwest Virginia stream. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 146(1): 84-91, DOI: 10.1080/00028487.2016.1240105
Your NameEric Hallerman