Luxilus chrysocephalus Rafinesque, 1820
Striped shiner
Luxilus chrysocephalus
photo by Cornwall, J.D.

Family:  Leuciscidae (Minnows), subfamily: Pogonichthyinae
Max. size:  24 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 4 years
Environment:  demersal; freshwater
Distribution:  North America: Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins from western New York and Wisconsin, south to Alabama, Louisiana and eastern Texas, USA; Gulf Coast drainages from Mobile Bay in Georgia and Alabama, to Sabine River in Louisiana, USA. Introduced to Escambia River system in Florida and Alabama.
Biology:  Inhabits rocky pools near riffles in clear to fairly turbid creeks and small to medium rivers (Ref. 86798). Feeds on terrestrial insects, filamentous and unicellular algae, and a variety of aquatic invertebrate often dominated by mayfly nymphs (Ref. 10294). Oviparous (Ref. 205), nest spawners (Ref. 52559).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 March 2012 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Known only from Ontario (Ref. 52559).

Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 06.08.16
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 14.05.94

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