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Spottail Shiner
Spottail Shiner, Notropis hudsonius

 

Physical Description: 
	Slightly elongate, somewhat compressed body
	Dorsal fin origin above front half of pelvic fin base 
	Large eye
	Well-rounded snout
	Subterminal or inferior mouth
	Pale olive back
	Silver side
	White belly

Similar species: 
	Roughhead shiner (Notropis semperasper) 

Mean body size:
	Adults are 60-90 mm standard length 

Habitat:
	Found in streams, rivers, and estuaries

Distribution in VA:
	Native to all Atlantic slope drainages
	Introduced to the New drainage

Food Habits:  
	Feed on insects, clams, young shiners, fish eggs, and plants 

Reproductive Habits: 
	Mature by age 1 or 2
	Spawning occurs mid-April to mid-June 
	Spawning occurs over sand and gravel, in algae, or in tidal waters
	Eggs attach to sand and gravel
	Spawning occurs in groups
	Fecundity is 100-8,898 eggs per female 

Population Status, Economic, or Ecological Importance: 
	Important as a forage fish for gamefish

References:       

Jenkins, R.E and N.M. Burkhead. 1993. Freshwater Fishes of Virginia. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.
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