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Hybognathus nuchalis  Agassiz, 1855

Mississippi silvery minnow
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes (Carps) > Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps) > Leuciscinae
Etymology: Hybognathus: Greek, ybos, -e, -on = curved + Greek, gnathos = jaw; with bulging jaw (Ref. 45335);  nuchalis: From the word nuchalis, meaning nape (Ref. 10294).   More on author: Agassiz.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Subtropical, preferred ?; 44°N - 26°N

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North America: lowland areas of Mississippi River basin from Ohio to Minnesota and south to Louisiana, USA; Gulf drainages from Mobile Bay in Alabama to Brazos River in Texas, USA.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 18.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 86798); common length : 12.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193); max. reported age: 2 years (Ref. 72462)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in pools and backwaters of low-gradient creeks and small to large rivers (Ref. 86798). Oviparous, probably open substratum spawners like congeners (Ref. 205).

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Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr, 2011. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 663p. (Ref. 86798)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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