A bonytail chub can grow to over 2 feet long.

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Author: Brian Gratwicke

The Bonytail lives in the benthopelagic, potamodromous, freshwater environment.

The Bonytail is classified as Endangered (EN), considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

The bonytail chub or bonytail, Gila elegans, is a cyprinid freshwater fish native to the Colorado River of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Utah in the southwestern United States. More

Bonytail chub was actually a prized food and sport fish among the first European settlers to the Colorado River basin and a prized food fish of the natives. One wonders how these fish would be treated today if the introduced fishes were never stocked. More

bonytail in Cibola High Levee Pond, Arizona - underwater video Observations Content Citation Title: Investigations into the early life histories of the razorback sucker and bonytail in Cibola High Levee Pond, Arizona - underwater More

Bonytail Printer friendly versionPrinter friendly version Endangered Colorado, Federally Gila Elegans - Bonytail Chub, credit Perry Conway Description: This large chub is also a member of the minnow family. More

The bonytail chub is also a member of the minnow family. With large fins and a streamlined body, the bonytail is the rarest of the four endangered fish. It is nearly extinct with no reproducing wild populations known. More

Bonytail Chub Conservation Need more Bonytail Chub facts? Google Enter your search termsSubmit search form PREVIOUS PAGE © 2009-2010 Earth's Endangered Creatures About EEC More

The bonytail has large fins and a streamlined body that typically is very thin in front of the tail. A member of the minnow family, this fish has a gray or olive-colored back, silver sides and a white belly. More

Harbor Agreement Benefitting Razorback Sucker and Bonytail Chub on Private Lands * Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement for Voluntary Enhancement/Restoration Activities Benefitting Razorback Sucker and Bonytail within Clark County, Nevada * More

fact, some experts speculate that the bonytail chub was the most plentiful in the river 100 years ago. However, the construction of several dams over the past century dramatically changed their living conditions. More

few bonytails have been captured. USFWS (2002) listed only 1 specimen known to have been captured since 1990. More

The bonytail chub population is confined to Lake Mohave, and bonytails continue to be stocked there. More

The bonytail chub is an endangered fish that lives... Click to show "bonytail chub" result 6 199 x 97 4 kb In the 1960s, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, on the... More

Common names

bonytail in English
bonytail chub in English
carpa elegante in Spanish (español)
Gila elegans in Catalan (Català)
Gila zdobená in Czech (česky)
美丽骨尾鱼 in Mandarin Chinese
美麗骨尾魚 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Cypriniformes
Family : Cyprinidae
Genus : Gila
Species : Gila elegans
Authority : Baird and Girard, 1853