Emerald shiner

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Emerald shiner
Emerald shiner.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Notropis
Species: N. atherinoides
Binomial name
Notropis atherinoides
Rafinesque, 1818

The emerald shiner (Notropis atherinoides) is one of hundreds of small, silvery, slender fish species known as shiners. The identifying characteristic of the emerald shiner is the silvery emerald color on its sides. It can grow to 3.5 inches in length and is found across North America from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, commonly in large, deep lakes and rivers, though sometimes in smaller bodies of water as well. It feeds on small organisms such as zooplankton and insects, congregating in large groups near the surface of the water. It is a quite common fish and is often used as a bait fish. It has an ability to adapt to a variety of water conditions; some say for example, that this minnow can be transferred from room temperature water to icy cold water, and will adapt roughly three times faster than normal fish due to its short lifespan.


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