I am one of the most common minnows in Québec and in the Maritimes! Medium sized, my body is slightly compressed laterally, and higher in larger individuals. My scales are often tinged with darkness giving the impression some are lacking in areas. I am often mistaken for my cousins the Spotfin Shiner or the Eastern Silvery Minnow.
The breeding season takes place from spring to early summer, mainly in streams or shallow areas of rivers where the bottom is gravelly. It is possible to see several adults circling together around these selected locations, sometimes accompanied by other fish of the same family (Cyprinidae).
As mentioned it is very common to see me in the waters of Québec and the Maritimes. We are often many in one place!
9 to 15 cm in length
Streams, rivers and ponds
Insects, crustaceans, algea and other aquatic plants