Notropis petersoni

Notropis petersoni
Coastal Shiner – Notropis petersoni
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
LeuciscidaeNotropis petersoniFowler1942Coastal Shiner

Notropis petersoni

Unique Characters: Black stripe alongside and around snout. Triangular caudal spot. Pigment on both lips and chin. Strongly defined predorsal stripe. Melanophores present on anal fin rays. Pointed snout with terminal mouth. Usually 7 anal fin rays. Scales below the lateral line boldly outlined with black. Naked breast. Lateral stripe absent just past eye on the opercle. Breeding coloration absent.

Similar Species:

Spottail Shiner
Notropis hudsonius

Swallowtail Shiner
Notropis procne

Notropis hudsonius
Spottail Shiner – Notropis hudsonius
Notropis procne
Swallowtail Shiner – Notropis procne

Spottail Shiner Notropis hudsonius. Short and rounded snout, subterminal mouth, dark lateral stripe that ends in a detached round spot at base of caudal fin. Lateral line pores are often outlined with melanophores. Dorsal fin strongly pointed. Usually 8 anal fin rays. Weak predorsal stripe. Pigment only on upper lip. No melanophores on anal fin rays. Scales below the lateral line weakly outlined in black.

Swallowtail Shiner Notropis procne. No black pigment on chin. No melanophores on anal fin rays. Slightly rounded snout.  Dash (smudge) of black pigment at base of dorsal fin.

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