To one familiar with so much of the literature of science as pertains to the natural history of the State of Iowa it is surprising that so little has been done in relation to its fishes. A list designed to stand for the icthyic fauna of the State has yet to be compiled. There have appeared but three papers devoted to Iowa fishes. Of these three one was published under the auspices of the United States National Museum, the others were both published in Iowa, under Iowa auspices and by an Iowa man. The first of these papers lists thirty species from the Des Moines River, at Ottumwa, of which list two were new to science. The two forms were Notropis gilberti and Ammocrypta clara. From the Chariton River, at Chariton, there were listed in the same paper thirteen species. From the Hundred and Two River, near Bedford, there were taken nineteen forms. The latter stream furnished no new species while one, Etheostoma iowae, was found in the Chariton.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Sciences
©1890 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Call, R. Ellsworth
"The Fishes of the Des Moines Basin,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 1(Pt. 2), 43-56.
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