Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: New Mexico
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

New Mexico Project

Population Distribution and Genetic Assessment of Rio Grande Chub

September 2009 - June 2012


Participating Agencies

  • Forest Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
Native fish of New Mexico: Rio Grande chub (Gila pandora)

The goal of this study will be to define the genetic relatedness within and among Rio Grande chub populations throughout New Mexico, Southern Colorado, and Texas. We hypothesize a small effective population size (Ne) and fragmentation of populations of Rio Grande chub have resulted in reduced genetic diversity; and, the relatedness of populations will be directly related to connectivity among populations. From extant populations of Rio Grande chub among three drainage basins, we will use microsatellite markers to determine how gene flow is affected by distance among basins and degree of connectivity among populations within basins. The results of this research can be used to guide decisions in supplementing or establishing new Rio Grande chub populations and identify which populations serve as a source for genetic material for future translocations. I anticipate this work will provide information that can be used by fisheries managers on federal and state lands in the development of a conservation plan for the species. Historical surveys of the species distribution began during the reporting period.

Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Galindo, R. 2012. Patterns of genetic diversity in populations of Rio Grande chub Gila pandora in New Mexico. Master of Science. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico. September 2012