Name Changes to the Threatened and Endangered Species List Updated

November 7, 2017
Photo copyright Eli Felts
Photo copyright Eli Felts

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized changes to the scientific names of four fish and animal species on the state threatened and endangered lists. These changes are due to taxonomic name changes within the scientific community.

The taxonomic name changes are as follows:

  • Interior Least Tern (Sterna antillarum athalassos) to Least Tern (Sternula antillarum)
  • Finescale dace (Phoxinus neogaeus) to Finescale dace (Chrosomus neogaeus)
  • Northern redbelly dace (Phounus eos) to Northern redbelly dace (Chrosomus eos)
  • Pearl dace (Marariscus margarita) to Northern pearl dace (Margariscus nachtriebi)


GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.


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