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Checklist of Fishes of the Archbold Reserve,
Highlands County, Florida

by Eva Hohausova  
September 2004

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Lepisosteiformes | Siluriformes | Cyprinodontiformes | Perciformes


This list includes fishes recorded from the Reserve during 2002-2004 by Eva Hohausova. The classification and nomenclature follow Nelson, J.S., et al. (2004). Fishes were collected by electrofishing (backpack shocker), seining (9.5m seine = ca 30 ft; 3-mm = 0.12-in mesh size), and with a throw-net (diameter 3.67m = 12ft).

Nine native species (4 families) and two introduced species are known from the Reserve. This is a sub-set of the 24 species (11 families) of native fishes and hree introduced species recorded from the adjacent Archbold Biological Station (Layne 1999). Fishes were found mainly in artificial ponds, borrow pits, and ditches and in a few natural creeks (natural water bodies are rare in the Reserve compared to number of artificial sites--see map). During the wet season, when surface water overflows these water bodies, fishes were found in the overflow areas. The movement of fishes to nearby or remote locations via these seasonal flood waters is to be expected, and fishes were observed moving from the Reserve into Archbold Biological Station's adjacent West Sections.

Species List  

Order Lepisosteiformes 

 Family Lepisosteidae - gars

  • Florida Gar Lepisosteus platyrhincus  

Order Siluriformes  

Family Ictaluridae - North American catfishes

  • Brown Bullhead Ameiurus nebulosus  

Family Clariidae - labyrinth catfishes

  • Walking Catfish Clarias batrachus -- Introduced.

Family Callichthyidae - armored catfishes

  • Brown Hoplo Hoplosternum littorale -- Introduced.

Order Cyprinidontiformes

Family Poeciliidae - livebearers

  • Eastern Mosquitofish Gambusia holbrooki  

  • Least Killifish Heterandria formosa  

Order Perciformes  

Family Centrarchidae - sunfishes

  • Warmouth Lepomis gulosus  

  • Bluegill Lepomis macrochirus  

  • Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides  

Family Percidae - perches

  • Swamp Darter Etheostoma fusiforme

Family Elassomatidae - pygmy sunfishes

  • Everglades Pygmy Sunfish Elassoma evergladei  


Literature Cited   

Layne, J.N. 1999. Annotated checklist of fishes of the Archbold Biological Station, Highlands County, Florida. Archbold Biological Station. see list

Nelson, J.S., et al. 2004. Common and scientific names of fishes from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, Sixth edition. American Fisheries Society, Special Publication No. 29:1-386.


Hohausova, E., 2004.  © Archbold Biological Station, 23 September 2004; revised 5 November 2004.

fish links

Florida FWC

Florida state museum

Jonah's Aquarium


Reserve fish collecting sites
Map, water features and collecting sites, by Roberta Pickert and Eva Hohausova. click for larger image
brown Hoplo
Brown Hoplo, click for larger image