Notropis leuciodus

Notropis leuciodus
Tennessee Shiner – Notropis leuciodus
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
LeuciscidaeNotropis leuciodus(Cope)1868Tennessee Shiner

Notropis leuciodus

Unique Characters: Lateral line outlined with small dark dashes (stitching). Distinct black rectangle at base of caudal fin. Dark blotch at posterior base of dorsal fin. Dark wavy stripes on back and upper sides meet those on the other side on caudal peduncle. Usually 8-9 anal fin rays. Scales below the lateral line are not darkly outlined. Pigmentation below lateral line on anterior half of body: almost always immaculate, sometimes with scattered slight pigmentation; larger individuals with pigment below lateral line while white are above lateral line less distinct. Breeding male is red.

Similar Species:

Saffron Shiner
Notropis rubricroceus

Telescope Shiner
Notropis telescopus

Notropis rubricroceus
Saffron Shiner – Notropis rubricroceus
Notropis telescopus
Telescope Shiner – Notropis telescopus

Saffron Shiner Notropis rubricroceus. Lacks dashes (stitching) along the lateral line. Has darkly outlined scales below the lateral line. Lacks rectangular caudal spot.

Telescope Shiner Notropis telescopus. Predorsal scales large. Lacks rectangular caudal spot. Usually 10-12 anal fin rays. Larger eye and deeper body. Middorsal streak continuous under dorsal fin. No red in breeding male.

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