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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 North American freshwater fish, a chub in the family Cyprinidae.


The fallfish is the largest northeast minnow, occasionally reaching 50 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. A typical size is 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.


  • Smith, L. C. The Inland Fishes of New York State. New York: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 1985, pp. 155, 156
  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2007). "Semotilus corporalis" in FishBase. Apr 2007 version.

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