Pimephales notatus

Pimephales notatus
Bluntnose Minnow – Pimephales notatus
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
LeuciscidaePimephales notatus(Rafinesque)1820Bluntnose Minnow

Pimephales notatus

Unique Characters: Much smaller scales on nape than elsewhere. Second ray of dorsal fin short and stout, separated from third ray by a membrane. Blunt snout overhanging small, subterminal, horizontal mouth. Black spot on caudal fin base. Slender body nearly square in cross section. Head and nape flattened. Lateral line complete.

Similar Species:

Fathead Minnow Pimephales promelas. Deep body. Blunt snout, oblique. Herringbone lines on upper side. Black spot on caudal fin base absent or indistinct. Lateral line usually incomplete.

Pimephales promelas
Fathead Minnow – Pimephales promelas