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Set B7 - Freshwater Fish - card information

16. Minnow
(Phoxinus phoxinus)

16. Minnow

This lively, inquisitive little fish is found almost everywhere in the British Isles, provided there is clean water and a sandy or gravelly bottom. Its back is dark green or brown, bordered on the sides with a golden stripe; the rest is silvery grey dappled with dark spots and bars. The scales are very small and numerous. In the Spring the males have a bright red belly. Minnows move about in small shoals, feeding on vegetable matter and minute creatures. It seldom grows to more than four inches in length.