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Turquoise Shiner
Turquoise Shiner, Cyprinella monacha

 

Physical Description: 
	Males have deeper, more compressed body than females
	Dorsal fin origin above pelvic fin base 
	Small eye
	Long, rounded, blunt nose
	Small, inferior mouth
	Large, dark spot at base of caudal fin
	Dark streak on dorsal fin
	Top of body gray or green, silver sides
	Breeding males have turquoise body and fins

Similar species: 
	Whitetail shiner (Cyprinella galactura)

Mean body size:
	Adults are 55-90 mm standard length 

Habitat:
	Found in warm, clear streams and rivers in fast-moving current over rocks

Distribution in VA:
	Native to the Tennessee drainage; only found in the North and Middle forks of the Holston River

Food Habits:  
	Feed on insects

Reproductive Habits: 
	Mature at age 1 or 2 
	Spawning occurs mid-May to mid-August in water around 26 or 27C
	Spawn in crevices formed by rocks
	One male can spawn with more than one female at a time in a crevice
	Fecundity is 157-791 eggs per female 

Population Status, Economic, or Ecological Importance: 
	Only eats a narrow range of food items
	Very fragile species
	Federally Threatened species; state endangered species 

References:       

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



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