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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Subfamily: Leuciscinae
Genus: Semotilus
Species: S. corporalis
Binomial name
Semotilus corporalis
Mitchill, 1817

The fallfish (Semotilus corporalis) is a freshwater fish, a chub in the family Cyprinidae.


The fallfish is the largest Northeast minnow, occasionally reaching 17 cm in length. Juvenile fallfish have a dark stripe that runs down the center of their body. They are a silvery shade on the top and sides of the body, but have a white shading on the belly. Breeding males develop a pinkish tone on the opercular region, although the species does not develop bright breeding colors. It typically grows to be 17 cm, but can grow to be up to 50 cm long.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is found in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, where it inhabits clear streams, lakes, and ponds. It prefers swift currents predominately, however.


1. Smith, L. C. The Inland Fishes of New York State. New York: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 1985, pp. 155, 156

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