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Fallfish,  Semotilus corporalis

 
Physical Description: 
	Slightly compressed body, moderate body form
	Dorsal fin origin usually above anterior half of pelvic fin base
	Medium-sized eye
	Moderately rounded snout; slightly large mouth, almost inferior
	Fully scaled or nearly fully scaled breast
	Males get tubercles on front and side of snout over eye, lower cheek, and most fins
	Silver-sided
	Smudge at the anterior base of the dorsal fin
	Dusky dorsal and tail fin edges

Similar species: 
	Creek chub (Semotilus atromaculatus)

Mean body size:
	Adults are 150-300 mm standard length 

Habitat:
	Clear creeks and rivers of moderate and low gradient

Distribution in VA:
	James, York, Rappahannock, and Potomac drainages
	Introduced into the Roanoke drainage

Food Habits:  
	Young feed on phytoplankton, zooplankton, and insects
	Juveniles and adults eat insects, crayfish, fish, algae, and detritus

Reproductive Habits: 
	Mature at age 2 or 3 
	Spawning occurs late April to June at water temperatures of 14.4-19C
	Nests are dome-like mounds with a pit in the downstream part, built with gravel-sized stones, topped with small rubble
	Fecundity is about 2,000-12,000 eggs per female 
	Can naturally hybridize with Clinostomus funduloides and Luxilus cornutus

Population Status, Economic, or Ecological Importance: 
	Largest minnow east of the Rockies
	Constructs the largest stone mound nests known 
	Popular gamefish with some anglers
	Varied opinions on the taste of the meat

References:       

Jenkins, R.E and N.M. Burkhead. 1993. Freshwater Fishes of Virginia. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.


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