Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Cypriniformes > Cyprinidae > Notropis > Notropis hudsonius

Notropis hudsonius (Sucking carp; Spottail shiner; Spot-tail minnow; Spottail minnow; Spottail; Spawneater; Shiner)

Synonyms: Alburnops saludanus; Clupea hudsonia; Hudsonius amarus; Hudsonius euryopa; Hudsonius fluviatilis; Hybobsis phaenna; Luxilus selene; Notropis hudsonius hudsonius; Notropis hudsonius saludanus; Notropis scopiferus
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Wikipedia Abstract

The spottail shiner or spottail minnow (Notropis hudsonius) is a small- to medium-sized freshwater minnow. It can be found as far north as the Canada and as far south as the Chattahoochee River in Georgia. These shiners live in lakes, rivers, and creeks. They occupy the rocky or sandy shorelines and bottoms of the water. One of the defining features of a spottail shiner is the black spot found at the base of the caudal fin. These shiners generally spawn from late June through July.
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Female Maturity [1]  1 year 6 months
Diet [2]  Carnivore, Planktivore
Adult Length [1]  6 inches (15 cm)
Brood Dispersal [1]  In the open
Brood Egg Substrate [1]  Lithophils (gravel-sand)
Brood Guarder [1]  No
Litter Size [1]  3,709
Maximum Longevity [1]  5 years


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Apalachicola United States Nearctic Temperate Floodplain River and Wetlands    
Middle Missouri United States Nearctic Temperate Floodplain River and Wetlands    
Teays - Old Ohio United States Nearctic Temperate Upland Rivers    
Upper Missouri Canada, United States Nearctic Temperate Upland Rivers    

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Algonquin Provincial Park IV 1868802 Ontario, Canada
Audubon National Wildlife Refuge IV 14642 North Dakota, United States
Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve 9859505 New York, Vermont, United States  
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Nat'l Military Park National Military Park V 10384 Virginia, United States
George Washington Memorial Parkway V   Virginia, United States
Gettysburg National Military Park V 3560 Pennsylvania, United States
Grand Portage National Monument V 144 Minnesota, United States
Grasslands National Park II 128635 Saskatchewan, Canada
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge VI 3161 New Jersey, United States
Greenwater Provincial Park II 11019 Ontario, Canada
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park VI 715 West Virginia, United States
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site III 861 Pennsylvania, United States
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore II 8272 Indiana, United States
Isle Royale Biosphere Reserve Ib 571799 Michigan, United States
Jasper National Park II 2776809 Alberta, Canada
Manassas National Battlefield Park III 5132 Virginia, United States
Morristown National Historical Park VI 1677 New Jersey, United States
Nahanni National Park Reserve II 1309627 Northwest Territories, Canada
New Jersey Pinelands Biosphere Reserve   New Jersey, United States  
New River Gorge National River National River and Wild and Scenic Riverway V 55591 West Virginia, United States
Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve 470167 Ontario, Canada  
North Temperate Lakes LTER Site Long Term Ecological Research   Wisconsin, United States
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore II 67888 Michigan, United States
Point Pelee National Park II 5764 Ontario, Canada
Prince Albert National Park II 976762 Saskatchewan, Canada
Pukaskwa National Park II 459860 Ontario, Canada
Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve II 762028 Manitoba, Canada
Rock Creek Park   District of Columbia, United States
Saint Croix International Historic Site   Maine, United States
Saint Lawrence Islands National Park II   Ontario, Canada
Upper Miss. River Nat'l Wildlife Refuge National Wildlife Refuge VI 25823 Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, United States
Valley Forge National Historical Park VI 3509 Pennsylvania, United States
Voyageurs National Park II 177960 Minnesota, United States
Waterton Biosphere Reserve II 121459 Alberta, Canada
Wood Buffalo National Park II 11038545 Alberta, Canada


Esox lucius (Jack)[3]
Hiodon alosoides (Yellow herring)[4]
Perca flavescens (Yellow perch)[4]
Sander vitreus (Walleye)[4]
Sterna forsteri (Forster's Tern)[5]


Parasitized by 
Apophallus brevis[6]
Centrovarium lobotes[6]
Cryptogonimus chili[6]
Diplostomum spathaceum[6]
Leptorhynchoides thecatus[6]
Ligula intestinalis[6]
Neoechinorhynchus notemigoni[6]
Neoechinorhynchus rutili[6]
Octomacrum semotili <Unverified Name>[6]
Plagioporus cooperi <Unverified Name>[6]
Plagioporus sinitsini <Unverified Name>[6]
Pomphorhynchus bulbocolli[6]
Rhabdochona decaturensis <Unverified Name>[6]
Sanguinicola lophophora <Unverified Name>[6]
Schistocephalus solidus[6]
Spartoides wardi <Unverified Name>[6]
Triaenophorus nodulosus[6]
Uvulifer ambloplitis <Unverified Name>[6]

Range Map

America, North - Inland waters; Canada; Great Lakes; Mackenzie; Mississippi; Missouri; Nearctic; Nelson-Saskatchewan; North America: St. Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada to Altamaha and upper Chattahoochee River in Georgia, USA; Hudson Bay, Great Lakes, and Mississippi River basins from Ontario, Canada to Mackenzie River drainage in Canada and south to northern Ohio, so; North America: St. Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada to Altamaha and upper Chattahoochee River in Georgia, USA; Hudson Bay, Great Lakes, and Mississippi River basins from Ontario, Canada to Mackenzie River drainage in Canada and south to northern Ohio, southern Illinois and northeastern Montana, USA.; St. Lawrence; USA (contiguous states);



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
3A quantitative comparison between diet and body fatty acid composition in wild northern pike (Esox lucius L.), Karl Schwalme, Fish Physiology and Biochemistry vol. 10 no. 2 pp 91-98 (1992)
4Jorrit 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.
5Feeding Ecology and Nesting Success of Forster's Terns on Lake Osakis, Minnesota, Gail Fraser, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 1994
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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