Scientific name: Hybopsis amblops
Bigeye chub lives in the larger streams of western New York in areas with clean gravel. Since 1977, it has been found in half of its former range and has not been taken in the northern or eastern extensions as previous. In the Allegheny watershed stream surveys of the 2000s, it was encountered six times less frequently than in the 1930s. There has been a six-fold increase in catches in Erie watershed but its range has decreased. Bigeye chub is classified as a Species Greatest Conservation Need and it is a priority species for restoration work by NYS.