Common v.s. Striped Shiner

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The_Fisher_06
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Common v.s. Striped Shiner
Sorry for being repetitive, I know the last post was about the same thing. I recently caught some shiners that I believe are common shiners, but I want to get a few more people to agree so I feel better. I am in Southern Michigan where striped and common shiners both live. I have seen many ways to differentiate them including the stripes on the top and a dusky patch on the chin of the striped shiner. Most stuff I read says that the stripes method is inconsistent and the best way to tell is the scales. The top two pictures and the bottom picture are fish I caught, and I believe they are common shiners. The third picture is a shiner I bought labeled as a striped shiner, I just wanted to make sure it was one. The other question I have is, do you know if these two species will live in the same streams or would there just be one of these two species per stream. Thanks!
The_Fisher_06
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The Pictures (Sorry they're sideways)

Nolen

FishNerd
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Common Shiners pre-dorsal

Common Shiners pre-dorsal scales that are small and uneven, while Striped Shiner have pre-dorsal scales that are similarly sized and even spaced. With that in mind I believe the identifications you gave are correct. I don't know for sure whether they cohabit, but I would assume that they do, probably with one being more common in a given location

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The_Fisher_06
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Thank you

Thanks! 

Nolen

Corey
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I agree with Fishnerd

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