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Re: Texas Fish

Hi Steve:

The fish you caught graces the cover of my Native North American Fishes for 
the Home Aquarium (Barron's 1998), by David M. Schleser.  They're Cyprinella 
lutrensis or Red Shiners, a type of minnow (and definitely not a characin).  
The colorful ones area the males.

According the Schleser, the Red Minnow is found naturally in between the 
Mississippi and the Rockies, from the northern most part of Mexico to South 
Dakota.  It's supposedly and undemanding fish and is heavily farmed by the 
bait minnow industry.  It's also supposedly easily bred.  The fish need 
crevices of rocks or wood to deposit their eggs.

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