Golden Shiner

Golden Shiner
Notemigonus crysoleucas

 

The Golden Shiner is a species with a wide distribution throughout the United States.  Part of large range is due to the fact that this fish is frequently used as fishing bait and are released into lakes, ponds and rivers by fishermen.  The Golden Shiner is an important food fish for many larger species within its range.  Like most shiners, this fish tends to travel in large schools throughout the slow moving water that is their typical habitat.  The Golden Shiner appears to have an unusually small head relative to the wide body.  The fish feeds on small aquatic insects and crustaceans that it finds near the water's surface.

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