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Aquatic ‘passenger pigeon’ shiner found swimming in the Rio Grande – AgriLife Today

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Kevin Conway is ecstatic.

Conway, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research wildlife and fisheries scientist at College Station, is part of a joint team of researchers from Texas A&M University and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department who after years of searching, recently collected a rare fish from the Rio Grande.

“The Rio Grande Shiner, Notropis jemezanus, is a type of freshwater cyprinid fish, commonly referred to as carps, minnows and shiners, that is endemic to the Rio Grande drainage,” Conway said. “It’s large as shiners go, growing up to about 3 inches in length, and though it has never been economically valuable from a commercial or recreational standpoint, it is certainly a valuable bioindicator of river health.”

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