Taxonomy Search:

Cyprinella lutrensis
Image courtesy of By Marine discovery [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons
Cyprinella lutrensis
Taxonomic Group: Fishes
Common name: RED SHINER


Red Shiners (Cyprinella lutrensis) are small freshwater minnows native to the Mississippi River basin from south Wisconsin and western Indiana to South Dakota and Wyoming, and south from Mississippi to New Mexico, and also northern Mexico. They are a baitfish and aquarium fish with exceptional colonizing abilities demonstrated through their introduction to fifteen states. Introduced populations can be found in the Appalachians from Alabama to Virginia, in the Colorado River and its tributaries, north to Wyoming, and in southern California. Competition and hybridization are the main reported impacts in their introduced range, but the largest impacts of the Red Shiners are on isolated populations of fishes in desert and prairie springs and streams.

This is some default tab content, embedded directly inside this space and not via Ajax. It can be shown when no tabs are automatically selected, or associated with a certain tab, in this case, the first tab.


Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
Access Date:

Marine Invasions Lab
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

P.O. Box 28
647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD 21037-0028 Tel: 443 482 2200
Fax: 443 482 2380

Databases Overview| Chesapeake Bay | National Database |