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Notropis chrosomus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Subfamily: Leuciscinae
Genus: Notropis
Rafinesque, 1818

Alburnellus Girard, 1856

Notropis is a genus of fish in the family Cyprinidae. They are known commonly as Eastern shiners. They are native to North America.[1]

A 1997 phylogenetic analysis placed the genus in a clade with Campostoma, Cyprinella, Phenacobius, Platygobio and Rhinichthys.[2] The systematics of the genus is still unclear. It has not been confirmed to be monophyletic. While it has been divided into several subgenera and species groups, the relationships between the taxa are not yet understood.[3]


There are currently 89 recognized species in this genus:

Notropis girardi
Notropis leuciodus
Notropis lutipinnis
Notropis maculatus
Notropis rubricroceus
Notropis stilbius


  1. ^ McAllister, C.T., Layher, W.G., Robison, H.W. & Buchanan, T.M. (2009): New Distribution Records for Three Species of Notropis (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) from Large Rivers of Arkansas. Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science, 63: 192-194.
  2. ^ Simons, A.M. & Mayden, R. (1997): Phylogenetic Relationships of the Creek Chubs and the Spine-Fins: an Enigmatic Group of North American Cyprinid Fishes (Actinopterygii: Cyprinidae). Cladistics, 13 (3): 187-205.
  3. ^ Cashner, M.F., Piller, K.R. & Bart, H.L. (2011): Phylogenetic relationships of the North American cyprinid subgenus Hydrophlox. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 59 (3): 725-735.
  4. ^ a b Conway, K.W. & Kim, D. (2016): Redescription of the Texas Shiner Notropis amabilis from the southwestern United States and northern Mexico with the reinstatement of N. megalops (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 26 (4): 305-340.