Warpaint Shiner

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The Warpaint Shiner is another beautiful fish that can be found in the Cypress Creek and Shoals Creek area of North Alabama. As with the Northern Studfish, this is the only location in Alabama that this fish can be found. It can also be located in parts of Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.

This shiner's lips are blood red. My 10 year old son caught it in a cast net- so we knew that it wasn't blood from a hook. The bright red mouth indicates that this is a breeding male.

The Warpaint Shiner is typically 3" - 3.9" in length. These shiners primarily eat insects and insect larvae. They generally are found in shallow, quick moving currents and can live up to 4 years.

The scientific name for the Warpaint Shiner is Luxilus coccogenis. Luxilus means "small light". Coccogenis is defined as "berry red cheek." This fish is well named- it does look like it is wearing war paint.


me ann my camera said...

What a fascinating name and appearance this fish has! Isn't blogging such an amazing media through which we can learn such interesting stuff from others.

Anonymous said...

Once, while flyfishing cypress creek I caught one of these warpaint shiners on a small dry fly. I have often wondered how trout fishermen could spend so much time admiring the smallest trout, well, I found myself admiring this little shiner in much the same way. Im sure I caught plenty of smallmouth that day, but the fish I remember from that day more than anything was that little warpaint shiner.