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We don't often think about fish in the desert, but there are four important groups of fish in the Mojave Desert. There a small, minnow-like native fish restricted to small springs and streams that are left over from the ice age (pupfish and poolfish), larger native fish that inhabit larger bodies of water like the Virgin and Colorado rivers (e.g., suckers and razorbacks), large non-native species introduced for sport fishing and other reasons (e.g., catfish, bass, sunfish, carp, and striped bass), and smaller non-native species introduced because morons release their unwanted pet fish (e.g., goldfish and tropical aquarium fish) into springs and other natural waters where they damage the natural environment.

Never release non-native fish into local ponds and springs. While it might feel good to "free Willy," these non-native fish damage the ecosystem and cause tremendous harm to the native species such as spring snails and native frogs that depend on springs and other small water sources for survival.

Photo Status Family Species Around Las Vegas
Pupfish Native Cyprinodontidae Pupfish (Cyprinodon) and Poolfish (Empetrichthys)

Ash Meadows Amargosa Pupfish (Cyprinodon nevadensis mionectes)

Salt Creek Pupfish (Cyprinodon salinus salinus) Native Cyprinodontidae Salt Creek Pupfish (Cyprinodon salinus salinus)
Longfin Dace (Agosia chrysogaster) Native Cyprinidae Longfin Dace (Agosia chrysogaster)
Moapa Dace (Moapa coricea) Native Cyprinidae

Moapa Dace (Moapa coriacea)

Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus) Native Cyprinidae Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus)
White River Spinedace (Lepidomeda albivallis) Native Cyprinidae White River Spinedace (Lepidomeda albivallis)
Red Shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis) Not Native Cyprinidae Red Shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis)
Moapa White River Springfish (Crenichthys baileyi moapae) Native Goodeidae Moapa White River Springfish (Crenichthys baileyi moapae)
Pahrump Poolfish (Empetrichthys latos latos) Native Goodeidae Pahrump Poolfish (Empetrichthys latos latos)
Desert Sucker (Catostomus clarki) Native Catostomidae Flannelmouth Sucker (Catostomus latipinnis)
Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii henshawi) Native to northern Nevada; introduced around Las Vegas Salmonidae Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii henshawi)
Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) Native to northern Nevada; introduced around Las Vegas Salmonidae Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) Not Native Salmonidae Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)
Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) Not Native Centrarchidae Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides)
Hybrid Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) Not Native Centrarchidae Hybrid Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis)
Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) Not Native Centrarchidae Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)
Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) Not Native

Cyprinidae

Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)
Goldfish Not Native Cyprinidae Goldfish (Carassius auratus)
Channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) Not Native Ictaluridae Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)
Tropical Aquarium Fish Not Native Various Families Tropical Aquarium Fish (many species)
Talapia (Tilapia mariae) Not Native Cichlidae Talapia (Tilapia mariae)
Mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis) Not Native Poeciliidae Mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis)
Fish Species Not Around Las Vegas
Photo Status Family Species Around Las Vegas
Alligator Gar (Atractosteus spatula) Native to the Southeastern US and Mexico Lepisosteidae Alligator Gar (Atractosteus spatula)
Striped Mullet (Mugil cephalus) Native to the Lower Colorado River Mugilidae Striped Mullet (Mugil cephalus)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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