Spottail Minnow or Shiner

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Notropis hudsonius. The spottail minnow, also called the spottail shiner is a spawn-eater. These fish “habitually feed upon spawn, to the detriment of the fisheries or of fish-culture.” This minnow is one of the largest and has a “pale coloration", sides with a “broad silvery band, and usually a dusky spot at the base of the caudal fin. It is sometimes called smelt.” —Whitney, 1889


Fish: H-N, Fish: S


William Dwight Whitney, PhD, LLD The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1895) 5802


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