Richard T. Bryant
The Silverband Shiner is a small (2-2 3/4 inches) minnow with a high sharply pointed dorsal fin located directly above the pelvic fins. Its color is pale green with a narrow silvery lateral stripe.
Silverband Shiners are restricted to the Missouri River in Kansas. It prefers moderately deep, flowing water along sand or gravel bars.
Silverband Shiners are protected by
the Kansas Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act administrative regulations applicable thereto. Any time an eligible project is proposed that will impact the species’ preferred habitats within its probable range, the project sponsor must contact the Ecological Services Section, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt, Kansas 67124-8174. Department personnel can then advise the project sponsor on permit requirements.
As defined by Kansas Administrative Regulations, critical habitats include those areas documented as currently supporting self-sustaining population(s) of any threatened or endangered species of wildlife as well as those areas determined by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to be essential for the conservation of any threatened or endangered species of wildlife.
Currently, the following areas are designated critical for Silverband Shiners:
All reaches of the main stem Missouri River that are congruent with the Kansas-Missouri border.