Cape Fear Shiner

(Notropis mekistocholas)


The Cape Fear shiner is found in the Cape Fear River basin in the east-central Piedmont region of North Carolina. It is generally associated with gravel, cobble, and boulder substrates, and has been observed in slow pools, riffles, and slow runs. The Cape Fear shiner can be found swimming in schools of other minnow species.
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Why is it threatened?

Things that threaten this species are chemical pollution, changes in stream flow, channel modification, siltation, and impoundments.


Designation of one to several stream segments as State Outstanding Resource Waters would give added protection, as would strict laws that regulate discharges into suitable habitat and strict control over development along stream banks.