Alright guys. My near-term fishing outlook is bleak and that Buffalo trip was a disappointment. And I also recently just had another misidentified old fish corrected. So Fishy really has no choice but to re-open this case.
The Spotfin Shiners I've caught, and most pics on the internet of cyprinella minnows, show them mostly all silvery, not really with this kind of coloring. That said, if it's accepted by knowledgeable NANFA fish experts that this is a cyprinella minnow, then it can only be Spotfin or Satinfin Shiner (This was caught in Delaware River at Port Jervis, NY). And the pic appears to show clear evidence of pigmentation across the whole dorsal fin. So why can't this be ID'd as a Satinfin Shiner? Obviously I'd prefer to catch a healthier looking, non-debatable Satinfin, but that may never happen, as it seems that the Spotfins may be displacing them in NY and they are becoming more rare. I think. Read that in that Atlas of Inland Fishes of NY publication. But I don't see why there isn't enough evidence here to reach the 85% confidence interval for an ID.
Case officially re-opened. Any of ye NANFA ID Wizards got anything on this? Do any other minnows have dorsal pigmentation like this?
It looks like there is pigment in multiple places on the dorsal to me here
hard to count but looks like 9 anal fin rays to me