Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Leuciscinae
Etymology: Pimephales: Greek, pimeles, -es = fat + Greek, phales = whale; if the root is Greek, phales, -etos = penis (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal. Temperate; 39°N - 33°N
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5723); common length : 5.1 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193)
North America: in southern Missouri, eastern Kansas, Arkansas and northeastern Oklahoma, USA. Previously, 2 subspecies were recognized: Pimephales tenellus parviceps in the Castor, St. Francis, Black, White, lower Kansas, Ouachita and Little River systems; Pimephales tenellus tenellus in the Arkansas River drainage west of Arkansas-Oklahoma state line.
Inhabits sand-bottomed and gravel-bottomed pools and runs of creeks and small rivers.
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.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01020 (0.00461 - 0.02257), b=3.07 (2.87 - 3.27), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.7 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .