Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Teleostei (teleosts) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Leuciscidae
(Minnows) > Laviniinae
Etymology: Chrosomus: Chrosomus meaning color (Ref. 1998); tennesseensis: tennesseensis, of Tennessee (referring to the Tennessee River drainage) (Ref. 10294).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Subtropical; 38°N - 34°N
North America: upper Tennessee River drainage (from lower Clinch River system in Tennessee, and Holston River system in Virginia to near Georgia border) in Virginia and Tennessee, USA.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.2 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 86798)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Chrosomus tennesseensis is similar to C. oreas but can be distinguished by having smaller spots (smaller than eye pupil) on back and upper side, usually a thin black stripe present along side (above larger broken stripe), red on caudal fin and below stripe along side of large make, and 67-95 scales on lateral line (Ref. 86798).
Found in gravel-, sand-, and silt-bottomed pools of spring-fed headwaters (Ref. 5723, 10294, 86798).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr, 2011. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 663p. (Ref. 86798)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5078 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.6 ±0.1 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).