Southeastern Fishes Council
Dedicated to the Conservation of Southeastern Fishes

2001 Report of Region 5 - Northwest

Susan Rogers with Ecological Services Office (Conway, AR), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, reports that Etheostoma moorei, the yellow cheek darter, has been elevated to federal candidate species status, and it has been given a fairly high priority for listing. The species is endemic to the Little Red River (White River drainage), and its current distribution is restricted to four tributaries upstream of Greers Ferry Reservoir. Drought conditions over the past three years are thought to have reduced the available habitat for yellow cheeks to small sections of the four tributaries and population numbers are thought to have severely declined. Arkansas State University @ Jonesboro faculty and graduate students are investigating reproductive biology and the feasibility of captive propagation.

Henry Robison at Southern Arkansas University, reports that he is conducting status reviews for Notropis ortenbergeri (Kiamichi shiner) and Notropis perpallidus (salt and pepper shiner) that are funded by the Ouachita National Forest. Also, a second edition of the Fishes of Oklahoma is underway, and a planned revision to the Fishes of Arkansas with Tom Buchanan will be underway soon.

Richard Standage, Forest Fisheries Biologist with Ouachita National Forest, reports that Arkansas and Oklahoma biologists are continuing annual monitoring of leopard darter (Percina pantherina) populations. Also, Edie Marsh-Matthews and colleagues, University of Oklahoma, have completed leopard darter movement studies in the Glover River, OK and in laboratory settings. Finally, Arkansas Tech University students and faculty are being funded by Ouachita National Forest to examine fish passage at Forest road crossings as a function of stream order.

John L. Harris