In 1955, no brook trout could be found; only lake trout, common shiner
, white sucker, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed and yellow perch lived in the lake.
Give yourself credit if you can list and recognize American brook lamprey, gizzard shad, brook trout, red-fin pickerel, chain pickerel, lake chub, eastern silvery minnow, golden shiner, bridle shiner, common shiner
, spot-tail shiner, northern red-belly dace, black-nose dace, long-nose dace, creed chub, fallfish, long-nose sucker, white sucker, creek chubsucker, brown bullhead, trout-perch (locally extinct), burbot, banded killifish, white perch, banded sunfish, redbreast sunfish, pumpkinseed, swamp darter, tasselated darter, yellow perch and slimy sculpin.
The species collected in the original surveys but not in the present are: common shiner
, hornyhead chub, western blacknose dace, northern redbelly dace, and lake herring.
A sixth species (i.e., the common shiner
, Figure 26) has a somewhat less robust distribution, but is also often common.
Schlosser, personal observation and unpublished data) included northern pike (Esox lucius), largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides), pumpkinseed sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus), black bullhead (Ictalurus melas), yellow perch (Perca flavescens), blacknose shiner (Notropis heterolepis), common shiner
(Notropis cornutus), and fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas).
At the upriver site Semotilus corporate (fallfish) (n = 190), Exoglossum maxillingua (cutlip minnow) (n = 171), and Luxilus comutus (common shiner
) (n = 141) were collected in adequate numbers to represent their diel feeding ecology.
The state would like to see the dams removed in a process that would improve water quality and habitat for both the brook trout and native fish species in the Quinebaug River, allowing the brookies run of the system and species such as fall fish, common shiner
, and suckers to use the brook from the river.
Other species collected in low numbers (30 individuals or less) were the common shiner
(Luxilus chrysocephalus), steelcolor shiner (Cyprinella whipplei), Notropis stramineus, Phenacobius mirabilis, golden shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucas), bullhead minnow (Pimephales vigilax), and western blacknose dace (Rhinichthys obtusus).
Declines and extirpations of fluvial specialists (e.g., common shiner
Luxilus cornutus and black redhorse Moxostoma duquesni) described the primary shift in fish assemblage structure in the Des Moines River.
cornutus, common shiner
6 3 Lythrurus fumeus, ribbon shiner 9 6 L.
obtusus)], which could be differentiated from other cyprinids, were divided into the "small cyprinid group" and the "large cyprinid group" [species attaining total lengths >10 cm; in our study represented by common shiner
(Luxilus cornutus), creek chub ( Semotilus atromaculatus) and hornyhead chub (Nocomis biguttatus)].
Two species and the one hybrid collected by Johnson but not found currently were common shiner
(Luxilus cornutus), tadpole madtom (Noturus gyrinus) and northern redbelly dace X finescale dace (Phoxinus eos X neogaeus).