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Family Cyprinidae - Minnow Family

Minnows have pelvic fins located in the abdominal region instead of on the sides of the fish and only one dorsal fin. Cycloid scales are present on the body but not the head. They have no teeth in the mouth, but teeth are present on a bone in the throat. Minnows tend to be found in streams. The breeding males of many minnow species are brightly colored and may have bumps called breeding tubercles scattered over various body parts. The bluntnose and fathead minnows are two of the few minnow species to exhibit parental care. Some minnows are carnivores; others are herbivores; still others are omnivores.
 
sturgeon chub (Macrhybopsis gelida) [state endangered]