Re: NANFA-L-- Scarlet shiners

Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- Scarlet shiners
From: Bob Culler (
Date: Mon Dec 06 2004 - 09:21:39 CST

At 09:43 AM 12/6/04 -0500, you wrote:
>As part of doing a creek survey yesterday in Limestone County, AL, I came
>across large numbers of scarlet shiners, Luxilus fasciolaris (in a
>tributary to Piney Creek). I was surprised when I first saw them because I
>thought they were mountain shiners and this area would have been out of
>known range. And then I realized that the two species were split in the
>'90s, into fasciolaris and ardens. Anyway, I was curious if anyone has had
>experience keeping this species. They're striking looking fish, with an
>irridescent sky blue body and genuinely scarlet fins (at least on what I
>assume are mature males).


I am currently keeping some Lythrurus ardens (rosefin shiners) and they are
doing very well. The 2 males will circle each other first thing in the
morning and get very brightly colored, but they don't seem to hurt each
other or other fish in the tank.

I have only seen this fish in one small stretch of stream (Possum Creek,
Scott County, VA) in my area. They are apparently a bait-bucket
introduction, I have been told.

Ranger Bob
Holston R. Drainage
Kingsport, TN
"The power of humans to degrade the natural world is awesome; the
capability to reconstitute it later is mythical."

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