Spottail minnow

SPOTTAIL 

MINNOW

NOTROPIS HUDSONIUS

Back

DESCRIPTION

As my name suggests, a small black spot is what helps differentiate me from other minnows. This spot is located on my tail right at the end of the rows of scales at the side of my body.

Our breeding season occurs in the spring or early summer. We regroup in rather sandy bottom waters where males fertilize the eggs laid by females. Once this task is accomplished, we no longer care for the eggs.

We are common in Québec, even abundant in some places!

Caracteristics

dimension

7 to 11 cm

Habitat

Plancton, insect larvae, algae

Diet

Large rivers, Saint-Lawrence Seaway and adjacent bays.

Close