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Emerald Shiner (Notropis atherinoides)

This just in ... the emerald shiner may be known for its Ozian hue, but its broadcast spawning is what catches attention. Repeat, the emerald shiner scatters its eggs in the open water and takes a hike without providing parental care. You may have heard that these silvery munchkins are commercially harvested and used for bait in some places, but you may not have heard it loves long swims in the open and munches on zooplankton and insects in its free time. So maybe it avoids dense vegetation. Maybe it thrives in waters all throughout North America. Either way, you'll be hearing from it for some time. Over and out.


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