Blackstripe Topminnow
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Name and Code
Family
Fundulidae - topminnows
Species
Fundulus notatus
Taxonomic Authority
(Rafinesque, 1820)
Common Name(s)
Blackstripe Topminnow
French Name
fondule rayé
OMNR Code
262
Family TSN
165629
Parent TSN
165644
Species TSN
165663
Conservation Status
Global Rank (GRank)
G5 (2012-02-01)
National Rank (NRank)
N2 (2011-09-09)
Provincial Rank (SRank)
S2 (1988-11-01)
COSEWIC Status
Special Concern (May 2012)
SARO Status
Special Concern
AFS Status
none
Ecological Value
Ontario Origin
native
General Abundance
limited distribution
Tolerance
tolerant
Economic Importance
none
Habitat and Feeding
General Habitat(s)
riverine
Environment
benthopelagic
Trophic Class
herbivore/invertivore
Thermal Regime
warmwater
Habitat Preference
quiet surface waters near margins of sluggish perennial creeks and small rivers with clay/silt bottoms and abundant aquatic and riparian vegetation; pools in intermittent streams
Reproduction
Reproductive Guild
Nonguarders: Open substratum spawners: Phytophils
Spawning Habitat(s)
riverine
Spawning Season
summer
Spawning Month(s)
June-July
Spawning Temperature (°C)
20-25
Fecundity
20-170
Nursery Habitat(s)
riverine
Size and Age
Adult Length (cm)
4.6-7.1 TL
Adult Weight (kg)
0.001-0.004
Age at Maturity (yrs)
1-2
Maximum Length (cm)
9.7 TL
Maximum Weight (kg)
no data
Lifespan (yrs)
2-3
Ontario Range Map
Blackstripe Topminnow range
Ontario Distribution
Sydenham and North Sydenham Rivers and tributaries (Bear Creek, Black Creek), Whitebread Drain, Maxwell Creek, Little Bear Creek; first reported from Ontario in 1972
Photograph
Blackstripe Topminnow photograph
Notes
fractional spawner; tolerant of low dissolved oxygen and high turbidity; use as live bait prohibited
Ontario Records
Record Length (cm)
6.7 TL
Record Weight (kg)
none
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