Blackstripe Topminnow (Fundulus notatus)


The Blackstripe Topminnow is widespread throughout central North America from Texas to Ontario in the Great Lakes, Mississippi, and Gulf Coast drainages, including the Mobile Basin, Tennessee, and Cumberland river drainages. They are found in slow-moving water in small creeks to small rivers in pools and backwaters. As the common name suggests, Blackstripe Topminnows have a black stripe along their head and side. As with all topminnows, they live at the top of the water column.