New York Natural Heritage Program
Blackchin Shiner
Notropis heterodon (Cope, 1865)
Ray-finned Fishes

New York State Distribution [-]
In New York, blackchin shiners have been found in ponds, lakes, and streams scattered across the state, namely the bays of eastern Lake Ontario, lakes and streams of the St. Lawrence watershed, several of the Finger Lakes, the Allegheny watershed including Chautauqua Lake, the Susquehanna watershed including Owego Creek, and the Upper Hudson and Lake Champlain watersheds. It is most often found in the St. Lawrence watershed along the St. Lawrence River (Smith 1985; Carlson 1997, 1998; 2005).

Global Distribution [-]
Blackchin shiners occur across the northern region of the United States from Lake Champlain in Vermont west across the northern portion of New York, across the Great Lakes basin including the northwestern tip of Pennsylvania, northern Ohio and Indiana, northeast Illinois, Michigan, eastern and northern Wisconsin, and Minnesota. A disjunct population in Iowa is thought to be extirpated. In Canada the range extends from southern Quebec west to Manitoba (Scott and Crossman 1973; Lee et al 1980; Smith 1985; Page and Burr 1991).
Best Places to See
• Eastern Lake Ontario bays and creeks (Jefferson County)
• Owego Creek (Tioga County)
• Sodus Bay (Wayne County)