Bluntnose Minnow
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Name and Code
Family
Cyprinidae - carps and minnows
Species
Pimephales notatus
Taxonomic Authority
(Rafinesque, 1820)
Common Name(s)
Bluntnose Minnow
French Name
méné à museau arrondi
OMNR Code
208
Family TSN
163342
Parent TSN
163515
Species TSN
163516
Conservation Status
Global Rank (GRank)
G5 (2015-06-07)
National Rank (NRank)
N5 (2015-06-07)
Provincial Rank (SRank)
S5 (1988-11-22)
COSEWIC Status
Not at Risk (Apr 1998)
SARO Status
Not at Risk
AFS Status
none
Ecological Value
Ontario Origin
native
General Abundance
common
Tolerance
intermediate
Economic Importance
forage fish; bait fish (occasional)
Habitat and Feeding
General Habitat(s)
lacustrine; riverine
Environment
benthopelagic
Trophic Class
detritivore
Thermal Regime
warmwater
Habitat Preference
sand and gravel bottomed shallows of clear lakes, creeks, rivers and ponds; preferred water temperature 26.3°C
Reproduction
Reproductive Guild
Guarders: Nest spawners: Speleophils
Spawning Habitat(s)
lacustrine; riverine
Spawning Season
summer
Spawning Month(s)
June-August
Spawning Temperature (°C)
19-26
Fecundity
365-4,195
Nursery Habitat(s)
lacustrine; riverine
Size and Age
Adult Length (cm)
5.4-8.5 TL
Adult Weight (kg)
0.001-0.005
Age at Maturity (yrs)
2-3 (m); 1-2 (f)
Maximum Length (cm)
11.2 TL
Maximum Weight (kg)
0.009
Lifespan (yrs)
3-5
Ontario Range Map
Bluntnose Minnow range
Ontario Distribution
widespread throughout the province
Photograph
Bluntnose Minnow photograph
Notes
fractional spawner; tolerant of siltation and organic enrichment; moderately tolerant of turbidity
Ontario Records
Record Length (cm)
10.1 TL
Record Weight (kg)
none
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