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Redfin Shiner

Image of a Redfin Shiner

Lythrurus umbratilis

Redfin Shiner lives in low gradient streams with clean gravel and some submerged aquatic vegetation. It is native to four watersheds in western and central New York. It has declined to levels below detection in the Oswego watershed. There are also major declines in tributaries in the Ontario watershed. Its distribution mimics that of Northern Sunfish because both species use the same nesting sites. Despite declines it retains a limited distribution in the Ontario, Erie and Allegheny watersheds. It is classified as Special Concern.

Redfin shiner fish atlas map.