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Colorado Fish Species

Arctic Char
Arctic Grayling
Bigmouth Buffalo
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluehead sucker
Bonytail Chub
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Colorado Pikeminnow
Colorado River Cutthroat
Common Carp
Creek Chub
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Emerald Shiner
Flannelmouth Sucker
Flathead Catfish
Flathead Chub
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Golden Trout
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Greenback Cutthroat
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Lake Chub
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Sucker
Mountain Whitefish
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
River Carpsucker
Roundtail Chub
Sacramento Perch
Smallmouth Bass
Snake River Cutthroat
Spottail Shiner
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
Sunfish (Bream)
Tiger Muskie
Tiger Trout
White Bass
White Crappie
White Sucker
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch
Yellowstone Cutthroat

Spottail Shiner
Spottail shiners are native to eastern North America ranging from the Mississippi basin in the west to the Atlantic seaboard, south from the gulf coast north into Canada including Hudson Bay drainages, the Mackenzie River drainage (Arctic basin), Northwest Territories and Alberta. Their preferred habitat is large lakes and rivers over a substrate of sand or gravel.  They are a shoreline species and avoid strong currents.
These small silvery fish, typically three to five inches, have a rather large distinctive black spot at the base of the tail.  The tail also sports a white lower edge. All the other fins are transparent.
Shiners have elongate, somewhat compressed bodies, with a well-rounded nose and a large eye.
The back is a pale olive turning silver on the sides with a white belly.
Spottail shiners start spawning in late spring and may spawn several times a year. They are broadcast spawners over sand and gravel near shorelines.  The eggs attach to the sand and gravel.
Shiners have a diverse diet with plankton, aquatic insect larvae, algae, eggs and young shiners all being on the menu.

Spottail Shiner in Colorado

This species is known from Arvada, Aurora, Quincy and Lon Hagler reservoirs in the South Platte drainage.
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