New York Natural Heritage Program
Blackchin Shiner
Notropis heterodon (Cope, 1865)
Ray-finned Fishes
Notropis heterodon, blackchin shiner
Family: minnows and carps (Cyprinidae)

State Protection: Not Listed
The species is not listed or protected by New York State.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1
A State Rarity Rank of S1 means: Typically 5 or fewer occurrences, very few remaining individuals, acres, or miles of stream, or some factor of its biology makes it especially vulnerable in New York State.

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
A low tolerance to salt makes the blackchin shiner a good indicator of water quality (Smith 1985; Carlson 1998).

State Ranking Justification [-]
The Blackchin shiner has all but disappeared from the southern New York watersheds. Their numbers are declining in the Susquehanna and Allegheny watersheds. Currently they are frequently found in the lakes and streams of the St. Lawrence watershed and bays of eastern Lake Ontario. More information is needed regarding the ecological requirements of this species (Carlson 1998, 2005; Keeler 2006).

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