Ecology of Fishes Indigenous to the Central and Southwestern Great Plains

  • Kurt D. Fausch
  • Kevin R. Bestgen
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 125)


The Great Plains of western North America are a harsh environment for fishes. Due to the increasing aridity and general lack of permanent water one finds traveling westward across the Plains, even trained biologists rarely consider fishes or their habitats when traversing the region. The same was true of early explorers. For example, none of the four scientific expeditions that ascended the Platte River in the first half of the 1800s described Plains fishes, whereas flora and other fauna were collected and described extensively (e.g., Frémont expedition, 1842–1843; Jackson and Spence 1970). Indeed, no collections of fish from the Plains region of the South Platte River Basin in Colorado were preserved until 1873 (Cope and Yarrow 1875).


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