Rainbow Shiners and Red Shiners are two different fish. The other names
are, well, names for who knows what species.
The internet can be a great place to get information, but I highly suggest
that you get a copy of the Peterson Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes by
Page and Burr. It's only about $20 and, in my opinion, the best way to get
a firm grasp on everything. In this book, you're able to see a picture
(painting) and description for basically every fish in the country. It's
the starting point from which all other understanding of native fish can
come. Okay, maybe that's a stretch, but it's a really good book.
Hazel Green, WI
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