Arkansas River Shiner
Photo by Garold Sneegas
used by permission

Arkansas River Shiner
Notropis girardi

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  • Range: Kansas range map for Arkansas River Shiner
    Dark Blue = Counties with designated critical habitat
    Light Blue = Historical records
  • Comments: This small minnow only occurs in the Arkansas River and its tributaries where it inhabits wide, shallow, sandy rivers and streams. This fish will reach about 2.5 inches in length and has a dark, chevronshaped spot at the base of the tail. It utilizes the downstream side of the flow-formed sand ridges and faces upstream to feed on food items carried by the current. Spawning occurs during high summer flows and increased water turbidity. Due to dewatering and managed flow rates, this species is estimated to have disappeared from 80 percent of its original range. There have only been a few collections of the Arkansas River shiner in Kansas since the 1980s. It might still occur in Kansas in the Cimarron River.

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