Cyprinodon variegatus
Lacepéde 1803
Family Cyprinodontidae

Lateral view of sheepshead minnows
The photo above shows two sheepshead minnows. These fish are now part of the Florida Museum ichthyology collection. Top: UF 238411 Bottom: UF 237845 Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

The sheepshead minnow is a member of the pupfish family. It has a stout body, and a small and upturned mouth. This species has a blunt snout and gently sloping dorsal profile. There are irregular dark bars on the side body that are most distinct posteriorly, and males have a black-edged caudal fin. Females have an ocellus at the rear of the dorsal fin. The sheepshead minnow is a marine species that can enter shoreline areas of a variety of fresh and saltwater environments with little to no current, including lakes, ditches, bays and estuaries.

Status & distribution

  • Status — Marine invader
  • Florida Distribution — Western and North Central drainages, the Gulf Coast, South Florida and the Atlantic Coast
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