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ASK THE DNR: Are tullibees related to shiners?

Q. After reading the story "Refuge for Tullibees" in Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine, I'm wondering whether tullibees are related to shiners like the ones commonly sold for bait.

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Q. After reading the story “Refuge for Tullibees” in Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine, I’m wondering whether tullibees are related to shiners like the ones commonly sold for bait.

A: No, they are not related. They do look alike (large scales and a silvery body), but shiners are a warmwater fish in the cyprinid family. Tullibees are a coldwater fish in the salmonid family, which includes trout and salmon. This is why tullibees are particularly vulnerable to changes in water temperature and dissolved oxygen during the summer months.

-- Pete Jacobson

Jacobson is DNR fisheries research supervisor.

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