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Golden Shiner - Notemigonus crysoleucas

Exotic Species (not native to Montana)

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

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General Description
The golden shiner is an introduced species that has been stocked into ponds and has escaped into slow running streams and rivers east of the Continental Divide in Montana. It was probably introduced into our state as a forage fish or as the result of bait fishing. Pond culture of the golden shiner for bait is a moderately large industry in the south-central U.S. They can grow to lengths of about 8 inches. Golden shiners prefer habitat with abundant aquatic vegetation and eat plant as well as animal matter. They are easily caught on bait or artificial flies.

Diagnostic Characteristics
Adults golden; color fades rapidly when removed from water. Young silvery with dusky midside band. Body deep and flat-sided, front of dorsal fin well behind front of pelvic fins. Head small and triangular.

Species Range
Montana Range

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Range Comments
The golden shiner is native throughout the eastern half of North America, north to the St Lawrence River, Great Lakes, and Lake Winnipeg, and west to the Dakotas and Texas. Because of its use as bait, it has also been introduced in many places outside this native range.

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 133

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Habitat
Weedy ponds and lakes, slow moving streams.

Food Habits
Feeds largely on zooplankton. Aquatic insects and vegetation are also important. Larger individuals will eat snails and small fish.

Ecology
Has been used as a forage fish in stocking programs. Female is generally larger than the male.

Reproductive Characteristics
Sexually mature in 2 years. Spawns May - Aug. depending upon the temperature.

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