Comely shiner

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Comely shiner
Notropis amoenus.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Notropis
Species: N. amoenus
Binomial name
Notropis amoenus
(C. C. Abbott, 1874)

The comely shiner (Notropis amoenus) is a small species of North American fish belonging to the family Cyprinidae.


The comely shiner is a thin, silvery minnow. It can be identified by its dorsal and ventral fins of equal curvature, slender and compressed body, and posterior-sided stripe. The scales are crowded from its anterior fin to the pelvic fin. It is pale in color, but a darker olive green on its top. They can grow up to 8.8 cm in length.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The comely shiner lives from the southern Hudson River to the Cape Fear River system in North Carolina. They breed in the spring and summer seasons. The comely shiner prefers streams and other bodies of water 2 or more feet deep. It tends to live in pools and backwaters of swift streams.


  • Comely shiner on FishBase
  • Smith, L. C. The Inland Fishes of New York State. New York: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 1985, pp. 167, 170.
  1. ^ NatureServe (2016). "Notropis amoenus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 14 April 2017.