Notropis amblops
Bigeye chub

Key Characteristics

This small, silvery chub has a dark lateral band. The bigeye chub is distinguished from other Michigan chubs by its large eye and scales and its ventrally oriented mouth.

Status and Rank

  • State Status: X
  • State Rank: SH
  • Global Rank: G5


County NameNumber of OccurrencesYear Last Observed
Distribution map for Notropis amblops

Updated 5/15/2018. Information is summarized from MNFI's database of rare species and community occurrences. Data may not reflect true distribution since much of the state has not been thoroughly surveyed.


In Michigan, the bigeye chub was once found in clear, small to moderate sized streams with fine gravel and sand substrates and alternating pool and riffle habitats.

Natural Community Types


For each species, lists of natural communities were derived from review of the nearly 6,500 element occurrences in the MNFI database, in addition to herbarium label data for some taxa. In most cases, at least one specimen record exists for each listed natural community. For certain taxa, especially poorly collected or extirpated species of prairie and savanna habitats, natural community lists were derived from inferences from collection sites and habitat preferences in immediately adjacent states (particularly Indiana and Illinois). Natural communities are not listed for those species documented only from altered or ruderal habitats in Michigan, especially for taxa that occur in a variety of habitats outside of the state.

Natural communities are not listed in order of frequency of occurrence, but are rather derived from the full set of natural communities, organized by Ecological Group. In many cases, the general habitat descriptions should provide greater clarity and direction to the surveyor. In future versions of the Rare Species Explorer, we hope to incorporate natural community fidelity ranks for each taxon.


The bigeye chub’s extirpation was likely due to increased siltation and other pollution in stream habitats.

Active Period

Spawning from fourth week of April to first week of June

Survey Methods

In smaller streams the backpack shocker is more appropriate. In large rivers, a barge/boat shocker is best.

Page Citation

Michigan Natural Features Inventory. 2007. Rare Species Explorer (Web Application). Available online at [Accessed Aug 15, 2018]


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