SPECIES ID / Freshwater Fish of the Fraser ValleyMinnow Family (Cyprinidae)The largest known family of freshwater fish; > 2,400 speciesPosses a connection between swim bladder and vertebrae that functions to detect sound.Release an ‘alarm substance’ into the water when skin is torn that other minnows, especially of the same species, react to by escaping the area. Identification Tips:No spines or adipose finNo teeth on jaw Brassy Minnow Carp Fathead Minnow Goldfish Leopard Dace Longnose Dace Nooksack Dace Northern Pikeminnow Peamouth Redside Shiner–––––– Primary Information Source: McPhail, J.D. 2007. The Freshwater Fishes of British Columbia. University of Alberta Press. Edmonton, Alberta.