|SREL Reprint #0898|
on the Spawning Habits of the Yellowfish Shiner, Notropis lutipinnis
R. McAuliffe and David H. Bennett
In a small South Carolina stream, aggregations of
the small shiner, Notropis lutipinnis, spawned on the surfaces of
dome-shaped gravel and pebble nests. The
nests were commonly over 50 cm in diameter and the sizes of pebbles comprising
them were much too large for the shiners to have independently constructed the
nests. Original nest construction
can be attributed to the larger chub, Nocomis leptocephalus.
Nocomis were commonly seen at the leading edges of the nests.
Al species of Nocomis construct the type of nests that was
observed. Successful spawning by Notropis
lutipinnis in streams with predominantly sandy substrates may be limited
to gravel accumulations made by larger nest-builders such as Nocomis leptocephalus.
Cyprinidae; Nocomis leptocephalus; Notropis lutipinnis;
South Carolina streams; spawning behavior of fishes.
SREL Reprint #0898
McAuliffe, J.R. and D.H. Bennett. 1981. Observations on
the spawning habits of the yellowfin shiner, Notropis lutipinnis.
Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 97:200-203.