Topeka Shiner
Photo by Garold Sneegas
used by permission

Topeka Shiner
Notropis topeka

Federal Status:

State Status:

  • Range: Kansas range map for Topeka Shiner
    Dark Blue = Counties with designated critical habitat
    Light Blue = Historical records
  • Comments: The male Topeka shiner has brilliant orange-red fins and cheeks during spawning season. The small, chevron-shaped dark spot at the base of the tail is a good identifying mark. Topeka shiners inhabit small tributary streams primarily in the Flint Hills. These streams often quit flowing during droughts, and the Topeka shiner has adapted to these conditions by seeking refuge in springfed pools. The Topeka shiner has the interesting behavior of spawning in the nests of sunfish species, especially the green and orange-spotted sunfish. It is known from six states but is imperiled because it has disappeared from nearly 80 percent of its former range. Pollution and habitat alteration caused by impoundments and stream channelization are blamed for the decline.

Click here to return to the Refuge!

Other Fish on the Kansas T&E List

Kansas Wildlife Refuge
Text: Ed Miller and Bob Gress
Range Maps and Web Design: Jim Mason

Questions or comments?  Send Email to Jim Mason Spidey
Or write us at: 
Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street North
Wichita, KS 67220-2200             Call:  316-683-5499            Fax:  316-688-9555