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Rainbow Shiner (Notropis chrosomus)

Rainbow Shiner

Fish / Notropis chrosomus
Length Up to 3"
Conservation Status
Least Concern

This species will be viewable in our new Ridges to Rivers gallery, opening Spring 2023 in the River Journey building!

The Rainbow Shiner is restricted to the Mobile Basin in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, with a single population in a tributary to the Tennessee River in Alabama. They are found in pools of small creeks. As the common name suggests, Rainbow Shiners have a wide variety of coloration on their body and fins, including red, orange, pink, yellow, blue, and violet.

Mobile Basin in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee
gravelly riffles and pools of creeks and small rivers
aquatic insects
Rainbow Shiner
Rainbow Shiner
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