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.

    Identification difficulty

    Favours clear flowing water with sandy or gravelly beds. Sometimes also in lakes.

    When to see it

    All year. More visible in warmer months.

    UK Status

    Widespread and common in Britain

    VC55 Status

    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.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map