Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I live in Craig Creek, Who am I?
This is the largest native minnow in Virginia. If you look closely at the mouth with a hand lens, the fish lacks a frenum and has a small barbel that is at the posterior edge of the lips. The scales have dark margins. Lateral line scales are typically 44-47 - fewer and larger than its closest relative. In juveniles there is a midlateral dark stripe - look for that.
What is this species?
Who is the closest relative? How do you tell them apart in the field?