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Mimic Shiner (Notropis volucellus)

Despite declining populations in its native waterways, a delicate exterior, and looks that make this shiner a superficial duplicate of its shiner kin, this fish still can cause quite a stir. Native to the slow-moving portions of rivers in the Mississippi basin and the shorelines of Hudson Bay and Lake Superior, the mimic shiner takes well to vegetation, where it dawdles in the plant leaves and spawns in the summer. But this shiner's no wallflower. What seems like a shy little thing in the Great Lakes is quite a shaker-upper in the eastern United States, where bait bucket releases likely enabled the fish's love for aquatic invertebrates to conflict with native food webs. Yikes!


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