NANFA-- Shiner identifcation

Todd Crail (
Mon, 15 Sep 2003 20:03:00 -0400

Okay NANFAns... Get out your keys and hand lenses and such. We have a
Notropid to ID! ;)

----- Original Message -----
From: Denkhaus, Robert

I have a favor to ask. I received the message and attachments below and
have already responded to Jeanne but couldn't really answer her shiner ID
question. I thought that someone on the list may be better suited to help
her out. BTW, I already wrote her about keeping a threatened species and
she said that she had returned it to the collection spot and talked with
Kansas DNR folks

Rob Denkhaus
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

-----Original Message-----

visited the NANFA web site and thought you might be able to help me...

Last week I caught 3 species of fish with one scoop of my butterfly net...2
species have been identified as a mosquitofish and an Arkansas Darter
(threatened in Kansas). The third fish is a shiner but has not been
identified. I've been told it is probably a "sand shiner", but there is a
remote chance it could be an Arkansas River Shiner (threatened federally).

I caught these fish in Harper County, Kansas in a small spring-fed stream
which is a tributary to the pristine Chikaskia River located in the lower
Arkansas River Basin.

Do you know a minnow expert?

I have attached a photo of the shiner and the other fish I caught...

Below is a direct link to a photo of a sand shiner...Are these the same

Any input you can give would be greatly appreciated!

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