RE: NANFA-- help with fish ID
Wed, 9 Oct 2002 15:07:15 -0500


Although I don't have the actual fish in-hand to ID the photos are well

That said, I don't believe that the fish is a sand shiner. The
melanophores in the scales along the lateral line and at the base of the
dorsal fin in N. ludibundus aren't present in the pictures.

Additionally, the mouth appears sub-terminal and shaped almost like a
stoneroller's - not at all like the mouth on the sand shiners in my
reference collection.

The fish doesn't look like any of the fish I commonly come across (which
isn't surprising) so I would guess that it is a shiner not found in this
part of the country - that is NOT N. ludibundus, N. dorsalis, N. cornutus
or N. topeka.

Steve Haslouer
Environmental Scientist III
Bureau of Environmental Field Services
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 430
Topeka, KS 66612-1367

(785) 296 - 0079
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