What is a shiner?

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Tech­ni­cally, it’s a min­now, in the true sense and not the col­lo­quial one. The shin­ers of the genus Notropis (some­times mis­spelt as ‘Notrop­sis’) are nu­mer­ous — there are 88 known species, and pos­si­bly more, pend­ing which ichthy­ol­o­gists you fol­low.

True min­nows are Cyprininds, and in the sub­fam­ily of Leu­cisi­nae, where Notropis lives, there are many fa­mil­iar names: Bream, Bleak, Chub, Dace, Ide, Roach, Rudd and Tench are all mem­bers of the same, large club.

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