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Species of the Day – Bonytail chub (Gila elegans)

December 14, 2012

Species of the Day – Bonytail chub (Gila elegans)

Bonytail chub is a cyprinid freshwater fish native to the Colorado River of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Utah in the southwestern United States. It was once abundant and widespread in the basin, its numbers and range have declined to the point where it has been listed as endangered (1980).

Bonytail chub prefer backwaters with rocky or muddy bottoms and flowing pools, although they have been reported in swiftly moving water.Young bonytail chubs typically eat aquatic plants, while adults feed mostly on small fish, algae, plant debris, and terrestrial insects.

Bonytail Chub’s population sizes are small, and continue to become even smaller. The depletion of the population is primarily due to the habitat alterations caused by dams. A USFWS Recovery Plan was established in 1990, and included objectives of protecting the habitats of the Bonytail Chub, and even reintroducing hatchery-reared fish into the wild.

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