Micro Fish Minnows in the Genus Pteronotropis

Genus Pteronotropis By Tim Aldridge

Eastern Flagfin shiner caught micro fishing The Art of Micro Fishing

Above: An “Eastern” Flagfin Shiner (Pteronotropis species) showing off brilliant hues of orange, red, yellow, black, and yellow. Minnows in the genus Pteronotropis are small, colorful, and aggressive when microfishing, however there is one caveat-finding these unique shiners is sometimes quite a challenge.

Pteronotropis shiners have a blue to black stripe along the sides and very large dorsal and anal fins that are colored. Most only reach a maximum size of 2 ½ inches and with striking colors, these fish make wonderful tank mates.

1) Bluenose Shiner (Pteronotropis welaka).

Bluenose shiner caught micro fishing The Art of Micro Fishing

2) Metallic Shiner (Pteronotropis metallicus).

Metallic shiner caught micro fishing The Art of Micro Fishing

3) Sailfin Shiner (Pteronotropis hypselopterus).

Sailfin shiner caught micro fishing The Art of Micro Fishing

4) Orangetail Shiner (Pteronotropis merlini).

Orangetail shiner caught micro fishing The Art of Micro Fishing

5) “Western” Flagfin Shiner (Pteronotropis signipinnis).

Western flagfin shiner caught microfishing The Art of Micro Fishing

6) “Eastern” Flagfin Shiner (Pteronotropis species).

Eastern Flagfin shiner caught micro fishing The Art of Micro Fishing

7) Lowland Shiner (Pteronotropis stonei).

Lowland shiner caught micro fishing The Art of Micro Fishing

8) Apalachee Shiner (Pteronotropis grandipinnis).

Apalachee shiner caught micro fishing The Art of Micro Fishing

9) Broadstripe Shiner (Pteronotropis euryzonus).

Broadstripe shiner caught micro fishing The Art of Micro Fishing

10) Bluehead Shiner (Pteronotropis hubbsi).

Bluehead shiner caught micro fishing The Art of Micro Fishing

Fish species that scientists have considered moving from the genus Notropis to Pteronotropis:

1) Redeye Chub (Notropis harperi)-“Often placed in the genus Pteronotropis”.

Redeye chub caught micro fishing The Art of Micro Fishing

2) Dusky Shiner (Notropis cummingsae).

Redeye chub caught micro fishing The Art of Micro Fishing

3) Highfin Shiner (Notropis altipinnis).

Highfin shiner caught micro fishing The Art of Micro Fishing

4) Ironcolor Shiner (Notropis chalybaeus).

Ironcolor shiner caught micro fishing The Art of Micro Fishing

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