Sheepshead Minnow

Cyprinodon variegatus

Image of a sheepshead minnow against a plain black background.
Image by Robert Aguilar from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, CC BY 2,0

Physical: Sheepshead Minnow reach an average length of 1 to 2 inches.  They have small, rounded bodies with vertical, blotchy stripes and a generally mottled appearance.

Habitat: C. variegatus lives in beds of vegetation, salt marsh ditches and pools, and in undisturbed areas.  They range predominantly along estuaries of the East coast of the United States.

Feeding: Sheepshead Minnow feed primarily on small crustaceans and invertebrates, such as shrimp, isopods, and amphipods.

Breeding: C. variegatus exhibit sexual dimorphism during breeding season, which means the male and the female develop different physical characteristics from each other. The males develop bright blue crests and orange pelvic fin coloration.

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