Hydrophlox chiliticus

Notropis chiliticus
Redlip Shiner – Hydrophlox chiliticus
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
LeuciscidaeHydrophlox chiliticus(Cope)1870Redlip Shiner

Hydrophlox chiliticus

Unique Characters: Bright red lips. Scattered black blotches on sides. Darkly outlined scales absent below the lateral line. Small, pale spot at the beginning and end of the dorsal fin base. Melanophores extending more than one-quarter of the height of the dorsal fin. Dark humeral bar behind head.

Similar Species:

Greenhead Shiner Hydrophlox chlorocephalus, Yellowfin Shiner Hydrophlox lutipinnis, and Hydrophlox sp. ‚ÄúPiedmont” Shiner. No red on lips or scattered black blotches on sides. Dark humeral bar behind head absent.

Notropis chlorocephalus
Greenhead Shiner – Hydrophlox chlorocephalus – Catawba
Notropis lutipinnis
Yellowfin Shiner – Hydrophlox lutipinnis
Notropis sp. cf. chlorocephalus
‘Piedmont Shiner’ – Hydrophlox sp. “Piedmont” Shiner

Saffron Shiner Notropis rubricroceus. Lacks black blotches on the sides. Darkly outlined scales below the lateral line. Melanophores extending only slightly beyond the base of the dorsal fin.

Notropis rubricroceus
Saffron Shiner – Hydrophlox rubricroceus