Fundulus albolineatus

Whiteline Topminnow
(Fundulus albolineatus)

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USA: Spring Creek / Madison County / Alabama

local name:

Whiteline Topminnow (English)

size: 8 bis 9 cm (length)

extinction date: last seen in 1889

A small river named Spring Creek, also known as Indian Creek, was the only known biotop for this tiny fish. The Whiteline Topminnow could be found in dense stands of waterplants where it fed on insect larvas of all kind.

Already in the year 1831 the Spring Creek was canalized to secure the water supply for the city of Huntsville, a procedure that is still practiced at least in the southern USA. Because of the canalisation and the thereby changed water parameters, but also because of the introduction of other fish species as well as the contamination caused by the city of Huntsville, the Whiteline Topminnow finally died out.


Whiteline Topminnow (Fundulus albolineatus)

Depiction from 'The fishes of North and Middle America a descriptive catalogue of the species of fish-like vertebrates found in the waters of North America, north of the Isthmus of Panama / by David Starr Jordan and Barton Warren Evermann. Washington: G.P.O., 1896'