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The sand shiner, Notropis stramineus, is a small minnow that is currently found in parts of the Colorado River system, even though the species is not native to Utah. The native range of the sand shiner includes much of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, as well as parts of Canada and Mexico.

The sand shiner is an opportunistic feeder that eats many small items, including insects, insect larvae, zooplankton, algae, and detritus. Sand shiner spawning peaks in mid-summer, and usually occurs in shallow water over vegetation or sandy substrate.


  • Biotics Database. 2005. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, NatureServe, and the network of Natural Heritage Programs and Conservation Data Centers.

  • Sigler, W. F. and J. W. Sigler. 1996. Fishes of Utah[:] a natural history. University of Utah Press. Salt Lake City. 375 pp.