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Banded Killifish

Banded Killifish

Characteristics

  • State Endangered
  • Small, olive colored fish with yellow sides having green-brown vertical bands
  • Protruding lower jaw and rounded tail fin, adapted for surface feeding
  • Similar species include Central Mudminnow, which has a dark black vertical band at the tail fin base and Plains Topminnow which lack vertical bands
  • Diet: Small crustaceans, insect larvae and some plant material
  • Habitat: Prefer quiet, shallow lakes and ponds with abundant aquatic vegetation and sandy-gravel substrates
  • Distribution: Northeastern lakes, primarily Bitter, Waubay, and Blue Dog Lakes

 

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