Lythrurus ardens (Cope, 1868)
Rosefin shiner
Lythrurus ardens
photo by Shattuck, Z.R.

Family:  Leuciscidae (Minnows), subfamily: Pogonichthyinae
Max. size:  9 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  North America: Atlantic Slope from York River drainage (where introduced) in Virginia to Roanoke River drainage in North Carolina, USA; upper New River system (Kanawha-Ohio drainage) above Kanawha Falls in West Virginia and Virginia, USA.
Biology:  Inhabits sandy and rocky runs and flowing pools of creeks and small to medium rivers (Ref. 86798). Feeds on insects taken in midwater areas and from the surface (Ref. 10294). Oviparous (Ref. 205), probably open substratum spawners like congeners.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 March 2012 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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