Extension Special Series No. 27B
An average person might know seven or eight of the approximately 100 fish species found in South Dakota. Once he had named the walleye, largemouth bass, northern pike, and other common sport fishes, he'd quickly lump the remaining ones into broad. unimportant categories. He might name the sucker. In reality, there are at least 11 species of suckers present in the state. He'd list "minnow." But there are at least 36 minnow species in the state and many other small fishes that people call "minnows." Being too small to catch or not good to eat should not label a fish as being unimportant. We should not arbitrarily consign any species to extinction by mismanaging or ignoring it simply because the species appears to have no practical value to us today.
South Dakota State University
Scalet, Charles G. and Service, Cooperative Extension, "Endangered and Threatened Fishes of South Dakota" (1979). SDSU Extension Special Series. 118.