USFWS finalizes plan to protect two ‘endangered’ Texas minnows

April 20, 2022

This U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently finalized a plan to protect two Texas minnow species.

The recovery plan put forth by the agency protects sharpnose and smalleye shiners, two species of minnow that are usually found in north-central Texas, according to an April 1 press release.

Amy Lueders, USFWS Southwest regional director, shared her thoughts about the plan.  

Both fish are endangered and at risk of extinction due to loss of habitat and reductions in water quality, the release stated.

The sharpnose shiner is a small fish, measuring 3-5 centimeters, according to the USFWS. Typically, these minnows live about three years. The smalleye shiner is around the same size and typically lives less than three years.

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