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GFP Commission Updates Name Changes to the Threatened and Endangered Species List

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

The birds and fish 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)

The Commission will finalize this proposal Nov. 2-3, 2017, at the McCrory Gardens in Brookings.  Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. CDT on Nov. 2. Please include a full name along with the city and state of residence. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. CDT at McCrory Gardens in Brookings.


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.