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Cyprinella trichroistia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Subfamily: Leuciscinae
Genus: Cyprinella
Girard, 1856

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Cyprinella is a genus of fish in the family Cyprinidae, the carps and minnows. They are known as the satinfin shiners.[1] They are native to North America, and some are among the most common freshwater fish species on the eastern side of the continent.[2]

The largest species reach around 12 centimeters in length. Breeding males often develop bright coloration.[2] Fish of the genus produce audible sounds during courtship and conflict.[3]


There are currently 32 recognized species in this genus:[4]


  1. ^ Cyprinella. Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).
  2. ^ a b Broughton, R. E. and J. R. Gold. (2000). Phylogenetic relationships in the North American cyprinid genus Cyprinella (Actinopterygii: Cyprinidae) based on sequences of the mitochondrial ND2 and ND4L genes. Copeia 2000(1) 1-10.
  3. ^ Phillips, C. T. and C. E. Johnston. (2008). Geographical divergence of acoustic signals in Cyprinella galactura, the whitetail shiner (Cyprinidae). Animal Behaviour 75(2), 617-26.
  4. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Cyprinella in FishBase. December 2012 version.