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Notropis volucellus (Mimic shiner)

Synonyms: Hybognathus volucellus; Notropis nocomis
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Wikipedia Abstract

The mimic shiner (Notropis volucellus) is a species of ray-finned fish in the genus Notropis. The genus Notropis is commonly known as the Eastern Shiners. It is native to areas of Hudson Bay drainage, Great Lakes drainage, much of Mississippi River basin including areas of Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and regions of the Gulf of Mexico extending from Mobile Bay to the drainage of Texas. However, this fish can be found in other places such as the Atlantic Coast drainage in Connecticut and Housatonic rivers. This genus is usually characterized by almost all having a complete lateral line, 8 dorsal fin rays, a premaxillae protactile, and a silvery or speckled peritoneum. As the common name indicates, this species is difficult to classify in the wild because it looks similar to many oth
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Adult Length [1]  3.15 inches (8 cm)
Brood Dispersal [1]  In the open
Brood Egg Substrate [1]  Phyto-lithophils
Brood Guarder [1]  No
Litter Size [1]  1,000
Maximum Longevity [1]  2 years
Diet [2]  Omnivore, Planktivore, Detritivore
Female Maturity [1]  1 year


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Chesapeake Bay United States Nearctic Temperate Coastal Rivers    
Northeast US & Southeast Canada Atlantic Drainages Canada, United States Nearctic Temperate Coastal Rivers    

Protected Areas

Prey / Diet

Boiga dendrophila (Gold-ringed Cat Snake, Mangrove Snake)[3]


Noturus stigmosus (Northern madtom)[3]


Parasitized by 
Centrovarium lobotes[4]
Cryptogonimus chili[4]
Plagioporus cooperi[4]
Rhabdochona cascadilla[4]
Tylodelphys scheuringi[4]

Range Map

External References

NatureServe Explorer


Attributes / relations provided by
1Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
2Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0