Eastern silvery minnow

The eastern silvery minnow (Hybognathus regius) is a freshwater fish. They are characterized by their lack of barbels. In appearance, they are similar to shiners, but the lower jaw is crescent-shaped rather than U-shaped and there is a secondary loop in the gut, which is sometimes visible through the body wall of preserved specimen.

Eastern silvery minnow
Annual report of the New Jersey State Museum (1905) (19365442635).jpg
Drawing of Hybognathus regius
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Subfamily: Leuciscinae
Genus: Hybognathus
H. regius
Binomial name
Hybognathus regius
Girard, 1856
  • Hybognathus osmerinus Cope, 1870

The eastern silvery minnow has more angulate fins than the other members of the genus Hybognathus. The dorsal margin is more concave. Its scales have a radius of 10–12 mm. It has circuli with sharp angles at the basal corners of the scale. Its head is pointed. They grow to be about 6 inches in length at maximum.


  1. ^ NatureServe (2013). "Hybognathus regius". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2013: e.T202115A18234444. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T202115A18234444.en.
  • "The Inland Fishes of New York State." C. Lavett Smith.