Chasing the Peppered Shiner
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has identified the Peppered Shiner, Notropis perpallidus, as a Tier I species of greatest conservation need. This is a very rare species restricted to a relatively small geographic region in a few rivers in the south-central United States, and it has not been collected in Oklahoma since 2001. Here we will collaborate with Dr. Bill Matthews, renowned fish ecologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, to conduct targeted surveys for Peppered Shiner in the Kiamichi, Little, Glover, and Mountain Fork Rivers in southeast Oklahoma from 2018-2020. This project is funded by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.