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Rio Grande shiner (Notropis jemezanus) | ESA status: petitioned for listing
Rio Grande shiner
This imperiled fish is one of many species threatened by water mismanagement of the Rio Grande.
Rio Grande shiner habitat
The shiner is native to New Mexico and Texas, where it is found in wide, sandy, main-channel habitats of rivers including the Pecos and the Rio Grande.
What are the threats to the Rio Grande shiner?
The embattled Rio Grande is considered one of the top ten most imperiled rivers in the world. Like other imperiled species in the Rio Grande, including the Rio Grande silvery minnow, the Rio Grande shiner is in danger from dewatering of the river for agriculture and municipal use; fragmentation of habitat because of dams and diversions; and artificial flow regimes that interrupt the river’s natural cycles.
What WildEarth Guardians is doing to protect the Rio Grande shiner
Guardians submitted a scientific petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service describing why the agency must protect the Rio Grande shiner under the Endangered Species Act. Guardians has long been urging water management authorities to rethink rivers and manage water for the health of native ecosystems as well as human communities.