California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Threatened and Endangered Fish

Species Accounts

The list below provides access to species accounts for 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.).

Each species account contains the latest status report from the Department of Fish and Wildlife's periodic report on the status of these species. Each account also may contain links to additional, available status or life history information.

The list and the accompanying species accounts may not be complete or reflect the current legal status of these fishes because of listing activities more recent than the status accounts in the links below. The current legal status for each species is provided online at (PDF) and is updated quarterly.

For more information on the species listed below, use the CDFW's Species Explorer. Please note, the Species Explorer is still being worked on. Not all species might appear in the database.

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)
splittail, Sacramento (Pogonichthys macrolepidotus)
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