Golden Shiner Notemigonus crysoleucas (Mitchill, 1814)    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Actinopterygii   >   Order Cypriniformes   >   Family Cyprinidae   >   Genus Notemigonus   

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The Golden Shiner is a large, attractive minnow that can grow to 12 inches long (more typically 3-5"). They are found in schools and prefer slow-moving waters across their native East Coast range. They are found throughout the eastern half of the country and have been widely introduced in the West. They are surprisingly long-lived and have been documented surviving up to 8 years. When they begin reproducing at one to three years, the adults lay eggs but offer no parental care.

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The species often engages in "egg dumping", similar to the brood parasitism used by cowbirds and cuckoos. Eggs laid in the occupied nest of a Largemouth Bass or Pumpkinseed can benefit from the occupants' protection. Interestingly, these larger fish are often predators of juvenile and adult shiners. Tough fish! Imagine if Brown-headed Cowbirds sometimes dropped an egg in the nest of a Cooper's Hawk or a Barred Owl!

There are 123 records in the project database.

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A Golden Shiner in Talbot Co., Maryland (3/19/2016). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Golden Shiner in Carroll Co., Maryland (6/24/2021). (c) Emilio Concari, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

A Golden Shiner in Washington Co., Maryland (6/16/2019). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

Golden Shiner in Carroll Co., Maryland (3/30/2021). (c) Emilio Concari, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

A Golden Shiner in Calvert Co., Maryland (3/17/2019). Photo by Ben Springer. (MBP list)

A large Golden Shiner caught in Baltimore Co., Maryland (4/18/2016). Photo by Joseph Balog. (MBP list)

A Golden Shiner in Talbot Co., Maryland (3/24/2016). Photo by Jared Satchell. (MBP list)

A Golden Shiner caught in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (1/25/2012). Photo by Robert Aguilar, SERC. (MBP list)

A Golden Shiner in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/8/2012). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Golden Shiner in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/20/2018). (c) jesse, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by jesse via iNaturalist. (MBP list)


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