California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Threatened and Endangered Fish

The following species list contains the 34 species and subspecies of fishes listed as either threatened or endangered by the State of California or the federal government. This list is in alphabetical order, by the general name of the animal (for example: pupfish, salmon, trout, etc.).

NOTE: The list and accompanying species information may not be current or reflect the current legal status of these fishes because of listing activities more recent than the status accounts available. Updates will occur as frequently as possible.

Common Name Scientific Name
bonytail (Gila elegans)
chub, thicktail (EXTINCT) (Gila crassicauda)
goby, tidewater (Eucyclogobius newberryi)
pupfish, Cottonball Marsh (Cyprinodon salinus milleri)
pupfish, desert (Cyprinodon macularius)
pupfish, owens (Cyprinodon radiosus)
pupfish, tecopa (EXTINCT) (Cyprinodon nevadensis calidae)
salmon, chinook - California coastal ESU* (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)
salmon, spring-run chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)
salmon, winter-run chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)
salmon, coho - Central California ESU* (Oncorhynchus kisutch)
salmon, coho - So. Oregon/No. California ESU* (Oncorhynchus kisutch)
sculpin, rough (Cottus asperrimus)
smelt, delta (Hypomesus transpacificus)
squawfish, Colorado (=Colorado pikeminnow) (Ptychocheilus lucius)
steelhead - Northern California ESU* (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
steelhead - Central California Coast ESU* (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
steelhead - South/Central California Coast ESU* (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
steelhead - Southern California ESU* (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
steelhead - Central Valley ESU* (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
stickleback, unarmored threespine (Gasterosteus aculeatus williamsoni)
sucker, Lost River (Deltistes luxatus)
sucker, Modoc (Catostomus microps)
sucker, razorback (Xyrauchen texanus)
sucker, santa Ana (Catostomus santaanae)
sucker, shortnose (Chasmistes brevirostris)
trout, Bull (Salvelinus confluentus)
trout, Lahontan cutthroat (Oncorhynchus (= Salmo) clarki henshawi)
trout, Little Kern golden (Oncorhynchus (= Salmo) mykiss whitei)
trout, Paiute cutthroat (Oncorhynchus (= Salmo) clarki seleniris)
tui chub, Cowhead Lake (Gila bicolor vaccaceps)
tui chub, Mohave (Gila bicolor mohavensis)
tui chub, Owens (Gila bicolor snyderi)

* = Ecologically Significant Unit