Sonora chub (Gila ditaenia)

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Listing Status:   

Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND

General Information

The Sonora chub is a small (5-7 inches), stream-dwelling minnow found only in the Rio de la Concepcion drainage in the U.S. and Mexico. The body is relatively chubby and dark-colored, with two prominent, black, lateral bands above the lateral line and a dark, oval basicaudal spot. Breeding individuals are brightly colored, with red and orange on fins and belly. Males appear to be brighter colored than females.

  • States/US Territories in which the Sonora chub, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur:  Arizona
  • US Counties in which the Sonora chub, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
  • Countries in which the the Sonora chub, Wherever found is known to occur:  Mexico
  • Additional species information
 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
1986-04-30 Southwest Region (Region 2) Wherever found

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
2008-03-20 00:00:00.0 73 FR 14995 14997 5-Year Reviews of 28 Southwestern Species
1986-04-30 00:00:00.0 51 FR 16042 16047 Final Rule to Determine Sonora Chub to be Thr. Species & Determine Crit. Hab.; 51 FR 16042-16047
1982-12-30 00:00:00.0 47 FR 58454 58460 Review of Vertebrate Wildlife for Listing as End. or Thr. Species
1984-06-06 00:00:00.0 49 FR 23402 23409 Proposal to Determine Gila ditaenia (Sonora Chub) to be Thr. Species & to Determine its Crit. Hab.; 49 FR 23402-23409
Special Rule Publications
Date Citation Page Title
1986-04-30 00:00:00.0 51 FR 16042 16047 Final Rule to Determine Sonora Chub to be Thr. Species & Determine Crit. Hab.; 51 FR 16042-16047

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
1992-09-30 Sonora Chub View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
2008-03-20 73 FR 14995 14997 5-Year Reviews of 28 Southwestern Species
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
Five Year Review
Date Title
2013-08-16 5-Year-Review for Sonora Chub - 2013

» Critical Habitat

Date Citation Page Title Document Type Status
1986-04-30 51 FR 16042 16047 Final Rule to Determine Sonora Chub to be Thr. Species & Determine Crit. Hab.; 51 FR 16042-16047 Final Rule Final designated
1984-06-06 49 FR 23402 23409 Proposal to Determine Gila ditaenia (Sonora Chub) to be Thr. Species & to Determine its Crit. Hab.; 49 FR 23402-23409 Proposed Rule Not Required

To learn more about critical habitat please see http://ecos.fws.gov/crithab

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for Sonora chub.

» Petitions

» Life History

Habitat Requirements

The chub is a stream-dwelling species that uses shallow (less than 2 feet deep) pools adjacent to or near areas of fairly swift current over sand and gravel substrates. Although deep pools provide refuge during periods of stream intermittancy, chub do not prefer pools in slower moving water or areas of organic sediments. They are adept at using small, marginal habitats, and can maneuver upstream past small waterfalls or other similar obstructions to colonize newly-wetted habitats after dry periods. Larval and small juveniles use the shallow margins of pools for habitat.

Food Habits

Larvae and juveniles feed on microscopic organisms and algae. Larger juveniles and adults are opportunistic feeders, utilizing aquatic and terrestrial insects and algae.

Movement / Home Range

The chub is restricted to one river system, and as noted, is able to move through the system when flows are suitable.

Reproductive Strategy

Chub spawn at multiple times during the summer, most likely in response to flood or freshets during late spring and summer rains. Spawning may not be limited by by season, since breeding adults and young fish were found as late as November. Eggs are broadcast onto fine gravel substrates in slowly flowing water. There are no nests or parental care give.

Other

Threats to the chub are from land management activities in the watershed, including mining, livestock grazing, and surface water development that may reduce flows. Erosion of fine sediments off degraded watersheds, including from poorly designed and maintained roads is also a threat. Changes in how water flows into the stream, and the amount of sediments carried, can fill in pools needed for dry season survival and deposit fine sediments that cover the sands and gravels preferred by the species. Human use of the area, particularly during the dry season, may result in contamination of the refuge pool habitats, or the direct reduction in water there if humans or animals drink from the pools.

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