Minnow - Phoxinus phoxinus
9 to 10cm. Variable colouring, greenish-brown with dark bars or silvery tinged with green and a yellow line along the sides. Males turn reddish beneath in the breeding season.
Favours clear flowing water with sandy or gravelly beds. Sometimes also in lakes.
All year. More visible in warmer months.
Widespread and common in Britain
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. Widely distributed in rivers and streams, including the Soar, eastern and western Sence, Me ase/Gilwiskaw Brook, Rothley Brook and smaller watercourses such as the Sibson Brook and Langton Brook.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records:
- RED = 2020+
- DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
- LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015