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Notropis volucellus  (Cope, 1865)

Mimic shiner
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes (Carps) > Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps) > Leuciscinae
Etymology: Notropis: A misnomer given by Rafinesque to shriveled specimens, with the meaning of "back keel"; from Greek, noton = back (Ref. 45335);  volucellus: volucellus, meaning winged or swift (Ref. 10294).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Temperate; 55°N - 29°N

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.6 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5723); common length : 5.7 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193); max. reported age: 2 years (Ref. 12193)

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North America: St. Lawrence-Great Lakes, Hudson Bay and Mississippi River basins from Quebec in Canada and Vermont in the USA to Manitoba in Canada, and south to Gulf; from James River in Virginia to Neuse River in North Carolina, USA; from Mobile Bay in Georgia and Alabama to Nueces River in Texas, USA.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits sandy pools of headwaters, creeks and small to large rivers. Also occurs in quiet areas of lakes (Ref. 5723, 10294). Feeds on microcrustacea, midge larvae and pupae, and some terrestrial insects (Ref. 10294). Very similar to Notropis cahabae (Ref. 5723).

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Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr, 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 432 p. (Ref. 5723)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00794 (0.00379 - 0.01665), b=3.13 (2.96 - 3.30), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.0   ±0.2 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (tmax=2).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.