Plains topminnow

The Plains topminnow lives in the benthopelagic, non-migratory, freshwater environment.

Pre-1900 collections indicate that the plains topminnow was restricted to the northwest Central Plains Aquatic Subregion. Due to the lack of modern collections, this species is most likely extirpated from Iowa (Harlan et al. 1987). More

plains topminnow, common shiner, and blacknose shiner. Four of these seven species (Topeka shiner, walleye, common shiner, blacknose shiner) are considered intolerant of habitat perturbations and are often the first species to decline following changes to their environment. More

Size: Maximum length for an adult Plains Topminnow is 7cm (2¾ inches). More

Monitoring of Plains Topminnow and Plains Killifish for prairie aquatic environments BACKGROUND: Aquatic environments on the Pawnee National Grassland occur in small isolated pockets. More

plains topminnow) is present in Iowa. The topminnows are named for their adaptations to surface feeding. Of the species of killifishes in Iowa all are rare, but the blackstripe topminnow is more widely distributed and abundant. More

Habitat and Habits: The plains topminnow is found in clear, slow-moving streams with aquatic vegetation, quiet pools of small creeks and backwaters and overflow pools of larger streams. It occurs alone or in small groups near the water's surface. More

Common names

plains topminnow in English
Preeriakilli in Finnish (suomen kieli)
Rückenstrich-Fundulus in German (Deutsch)
半带底鮰 in Mandarin Chinese
半帶底鮰 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Cyprinodontiformes
Family : Fundulidae
Genus : Fundulus
Species : Fundulus sciadicus
Authority : Cope, 1865