Species Information

Class of Actinopterygii (Fish)


US STATUS DEFINITIONS      KENTUCKY STATUS DEFINITIONS

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252 species are listed.
Scientific Name
and Life History
Common Name and Pictures Class US Status KY Status WAP List County List Quad
Alosa alabamae Alabama ShadActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Alosa pseudoharengus AlewifeActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Atractosteus spatula Alligator GarActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Anguilla rostrata American EelActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Strongylura marina Atlantic NeedlefishActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma zonale Banded DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Elassoma zonatum Banded Pygmy SunfishActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Cottus carolinae Banded SculpinActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma zonistium Bandfin DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Lepomis symmetricus Bantam SunfishActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma obeyense Barcheek DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Hybopsis amblops Bigeye ChubActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Notropis boops Bigeye ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Hypophthalmichthys nobilis Bighead CarpActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Ictiobus cyprinellus Bigmouth BuffaloActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Notropis dorsalis Bigmouth ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Ictiobus niger Black BuffaloActinopterygiiNS YesCountyQuad
Ameiurus melas Black BullheadActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Pomoxis nigromaculatus Black CrappieActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Moxostoma duquesnei Black RedhorseActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Thoburnia atripinnis Blackfin SuckerActinopterygiiNS YesCountyQuad
Chrosomus cumberlandensis Blackside DaceActinopterygiiTT YesCountyQuad
Percina maculata Blackside DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Fundulus olivaceus Blackspotted TopminnowActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Fundulus notatus Blackstripe TopminnowActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Moxostoma poecilurum Blacktail RedhorseActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Cyprinella venusta Blacktail ShinerActinopterygiiNS YesCountyQuad
Etheostoma sanguifluum Bloodfin DarterActinopterygiiNN YesCountyQuad
Erimystax insignis Blotched ChubActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Ictalurus furcatus Blue CatfishActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Cycleptus elongatus Blue SuckerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma camurum Bluebreast DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Lepomis macrochirus BluegillActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma sp. 6 Bluegrass DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Cyprinella camura Bluntface ShinerActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Etheostoma chlorosoma Bluntnose DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Pimephales notatus Bluntnose MinnowActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Amia calva BowfinActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma lynceum Brighteye DarterActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Noturus miurus Brindled MadtomActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Labidesthes sicculus Brook SilversideActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Culaea inconstans Brook SticklebackActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Salvelinus fontinalis Brook TroutActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Ameiurus nebulosus Brown BullheadActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Noturus phaeus Brown MadtomActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Salmo trutta Brown TroutActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma nebra Buck DarterActinopterygiiNN YesCountyQuad
Etheostoma bison Buffalo DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Pimephales vigilax Bullhead MinnowActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Lota lota BurbotActinopterygiiNS YesCountyQuad
Umbra limi Central MudminnowActinopterygiiNT YesCountyQuad
Campostoma anomalum Central StonerollerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Esox niger Chain PickerelActinopterygiiNS CountyQuad
Ictalurus punctatus Channel CatfishActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Percina copelandi Channel DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Notropis wickliffi Channel ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Oncorhynchus kisutch Coho Salmon Or Silver SalmonActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Cyprinus carpio Common CarpActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Semotilus atromaculatus Creek ChubActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma sagitta Cumberland Arrow DarterActinopterygiiCS YesCountyQuad
Etheostoma susanae Cumberland DarterActinopterygiiEE YesCountyQuad
Etheostoma proeliare Cypress DarterActinopterygiiNT YesCountyQuad
Hybognathus hayi Cypress MinnowActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Lepomis marginatus Dollar SunfishActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Percina sciera Dusky DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Ammocrypta pellucida Eastern Sand DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma Orientale Eastrim DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Noturus elegans Elegant MadtomActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma baileyi Emerald DarterActinopterygiiNN YesCountyQuad
Notropis atherinoides Emerald ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma flabellare Fantail DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Pimephales promelas Fathead MinnowActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma pyrrhogaster Firebelly DarterActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Hemitremia flammea Flame ChubActinopterygiiNE CountyQuad
Pylodictis olivaris Flathead CatfishActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Platygobio gracilis Flathead ChubActinopterygiiNS YesCountyQuad
Centrarchus macropterus FlierActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Percina stictogaster Frecklebelly DarterActinopterygiiNN YesCountyQuad
Noturus nocturnus Freckled MadtomActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Aplodinotus grunniens Freshwater DrumActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma crossopterum Fringed DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Notropis buchanani Ghost ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Percina evides Gilt DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Dorosoma cepedianum Gizzard ShadActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Moxostoma erythrurum Golden RedhorseActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Notemigonus crysoleucas Golden ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Fundulus chrysotus Golden TopminnowActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Hiodon alosoides GoldeyeActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Carassius auratus GoldfishActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma parvipinne Goldstripe DarterActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Ctenopharyngodon idella Grass CarpActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Lepomis cyanellus Green SunfishActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma blennioides Greenside DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma oophylax Guardian DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma swaini Gulf DarterActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Etheostoma histrio Harlequin DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma lawrencei Headwater DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Carpiodes velifer Highfin CarpsuckerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma kantuckeense Highland Rim DarterActinopterygiiNN YesCountyQuad
Notropis micropteryx Highland ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Nocomis biguttatus Hornyhead ChubActinopterygiiNS CountyQuad
Etheostoma nigrum Johnny DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma spilotum Kentucky Arrow DarterActinopterygiiTT YesCountyQuad
Etheostoma rafinesquei Kentucky DarterActinopterygiiNN YesCountyQuad
Erimyzon sucetta Lake ChubsuckerActinopterygiiNT YesCountyQuad
Acipenser fulvescens Lake SturgeonActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Salvelinus namaycush Lake TroutActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Micropterus salmoides Largemouth BassActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Campostoma oligolepis Largescale StonerollerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Noturus hildebrandi Least MadtomActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Percina caprodes LogperchActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Lepomis megalotis Longear SunfishActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Percina macrocephala Longhead DarterActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Etheostoma sp. 5 Longhunt DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Rhinichthys cataractae Longnose DaceActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Lepisosteus osseus Longnose GarActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma sp. cf. spectabile Mamequit DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Notropis volucellus Mimic ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Menidia audens Mississippi SilversideActinopterygiiNT YesCountyQuad
Hybognathus nuchalis Mississippi Silvery MinnowActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Hiodon tergisus MooneyeActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Cottus bairdii Mottled SculpinActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Noturus eleutherus Mountain MadtomActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Chrosomus oreas Mountain Redbelly DaceActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma asprigene Mud DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Esox masquinongy MuskellungeActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Amblyopsis spelaea Northern CavefishActinopterygiiNS YesCountyQuad
Hypentelium nigricans Northern Hog SuckerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Noturus stigmosus Northern MadtomActinopterygiiNS YesCountyQuad
Esox lucius Northern PikeActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Fundulus catenatus Northern StudfishActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Percina squamata Olive DarterActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Etheostoma bellum Orangefin DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Lepomis humilis Orangespotted SunfishActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma spectabile Orangethroat DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Notropis nubilus Ozark MinnowActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Polyodon spathula PaddlefishActinopterygiiNN YesCountyQuad
Notropis albizonatus Palezone ShinerActinopterygiiEE YesCountyQuad
Hybopsis amnis Pallid ShinerActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Scaphirhynchus albus Pallid SturgeonActinopterygiiEE YesCountyQuad
Aphredoderus sayanus Pirate PerchActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Hybognathus placitus Plains MinnowActinopterygiiNS YesCountyQuad
Notropis ariommus Popeye ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Opsopoeodus emiliae Pugnose MinnowActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Lepomis gibbosus PumpkinseedActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Carpiodes cyprinus QuillbackActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma caeruleum Rainbow DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Osmerus mordax Rainbow SmeltActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Oncorhynchus mykiss Rainbow TroutActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Cyprinella lutrensis Red ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Piaractus brachypomus Redbellied PacuActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Lepomis auritus Redbreast SunfishActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Lepomis microlophus Redear SunfishActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Micropterus coosae Redeye BassActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Esox americanus Redfin Or Grass PickerelActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Lythrurus umbratilis Redfin ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma rufilineatum Redline DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma maydeni Redlips DarterActinopterygiiNS YesCountyQuad
Clinostomus elongatus Redside DaceActinopterygiiNN YesCountyQuad
Lepomis miniatus Redspotted SunfishActinopterygiiNT YesCountyQuad
Nocomis effusus Redtail ChubActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma chienense Relict DarterActinopterygiiEE YesCountyQuad
Lythrurus fumeus Ribbon ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Carpiodes carpio River CarpsuckerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Nocomis micropogon River ChubActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Percina shumardi River DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Moxostoma carinatum River RedhorseActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Notropis blennius River ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Ambloplites rupestris Rock BassActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Notropis rubellus Rosyface ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Clinostomus funduloides Rosyside DaceActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Percina vigil Saddleback DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma flavum Saffron DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Notropis stramineus Sand ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Sander canadensis SaugerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Notropis sp. 4 Sawfin ShinerActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Lythrurus fasciolaris Scarlet ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Percina oxyrhynchus Sharpnose DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma tecumsehi Shawnee DarterActinopterygiiNS YesCountyQuad
Etheostoma sp. 9 Sheltowee DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Macrhybopsis hyostoma Shoal ChubActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Lepisosteus platostomus Shortnose GarActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Scaphirhynchus platorynchus Shovelnose SturgeonActinopterygiiT(S/A)N CountyQuad
Macrhybopsis meeki Sicklefin ChubActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Hypophthalmichthys molitrix Silver CarpActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Macrhybopsis storeriana Silver ChubActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Moxostoma anisurum Silver RedhorseActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Notropis photogenis Silver ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Notropis shumardi Silverband ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Notropis buccatus Silverjaw MinnowActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Alosa chrysochloris Skipjack HerringActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma smithi Slabrock DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Noturus exilis Slender MadtomActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Percina phoxocephala Slenderhead DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma gracile Slough DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Micropterus dolomieu Smallmouth BassActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Ictiobus bubalus Smallmouth BuffaloActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Moxostoma breviceps Smallmouth RedhorseActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma microlepidum Smallscale DarterActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Etheostoma simoterum Snubnose DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Typhlichthys subterraneus Southern CavefishActinopterygiiNS YesCountyQuad
Chrosomus erythrogaster Southern Redbelly DaceActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma stigmaeum Speckled DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma barrenense Splendid DarterActinopterygiiNN YesCountyQuad
Cyprinella spiloptera Spotfin ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma squamiceps Spottail DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Notropis hudsonius Spottail ShinerActinopterygiiNS CountyQuad
Micropterus punctulatus Spotted BassActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma maculatum Spotted DarterActinopterygiiNT YesCountyQuad
Lepisosteus oculatus Spotted GarActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Minytrema melanops Spotted SuckerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Forbesichthys agassizii Spring CavefishActinopterygiiNN YesCountyQuad
Phenacobius uranops Stargazing MinnowActinopterygiiNS YesCountyQuad
Fundulus dispar Starhead TopminnowActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Cyprinella whipplei Steelcolor ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma derivativum Stone DarterActinopterygiiNN YesCountyQuad
Noturus flavus StonecatActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Erimystax dissimilis Streamline ChubActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Morone saxatilis Striped BassActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma virgatum Striped DarterActinopterygiiNN YesCountyQuad
Mugil cephalus Striped MulletActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Luxilus chrysocephalus Striped ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma kennicotti Stripetail DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Macrhybopsis gelida Sturgeon ChubActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Phenacobius mirabilis Suckermouth MinnowActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma fusiforme Swamp DarterActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Noturus gyrinus Tadpole MadtomActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Notropis maculatus Taillight ShinerActinopterygiiNT YesCountyQuad
Etheostoma barbouri Teardrop DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Notropis telescopus Telescope ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Notropis leuciodus Tennessee ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Dorosoma petenense Threadfin ShadActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Etheostoma tippecanoe Tippecanoe DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Percopsis omiscomaycus Trout-PerchActinopterygiiNS CountyQuad
Etheostoma lemniscatum Tuxedo DarterActinopterygiiEE YesCountyQuad
Etheostoma variatum Variegate DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Sander vitreus WalleyeActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Lepomis gulosus WarmouthActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Rhinichthys obtusus Western Blacknose DaceActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Erimyzon claviformis Western Creek ChubsuckerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Gambusia affinis Western MosquitofishActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Ammocrypta clara Western Sand DarterActinopterygiiNE YesCountyQuad
Etheostoma occidentale Westrim DarterActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Morone chrysops White BassActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Ameiurus catus White CatfishActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Pomoxis annularis White CrappieActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Morone americana White PerchActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Catostomus commersonii White SuckerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Cyprinella galactura Whitetail ShinerActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Morone mississippiensis Yellow BassActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Ameiurus natalis Yellow BullheadActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad
Perca flavescens Yellow PerchActinopterygiiNN CountyQuad