So, my friend and I just went microfishing a week ago or so and got a bunch of new micro species. However, there's this one that we both got that I still can't identify. I've done a ton of research so far but haven't been able to positively ID it yet. We got pics of three different individual between both of us, but I'm pretty confident they're the same species, because we got them from the same spot around the same time. We were fishing on the Mississippi in St. Paul Park.
My first thought was that these were Sand Shiners, but could they also be Channel or Mimic Shiners? In life, the first thing I notcied about them was that they all had two faint dark spots on their upper bodies at the very base of the dorsal fin (they're really only visible in the first pic).
Here's some pics of my fish:
Fish #1: (thinking this is a sand shiner but not sure at all)
Fish #2: (I think it's a Mimic Shiner but not at all sure)
Thanks so, so much for any help! I seriously appreciate it.
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