Mimic Shiner (Notropis volucellus)


The Mimic Shiner is a widespread and common species found across eastern North America, including the Mobile Basin, Tennessee, and Cumberland river drainages. This is a species complex containing multiple undescribed species. Mimic Shiners inhabits backwaters in rivers, creeks, and lakes. The distinguishing character for Mimic Shiners (and other species in the Mimic Shiner species group) are lateral-line scales on the front half of the body that are twice as tall as they are wide.