Common name: Roanoke Hog Sucker
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Identification: Hypentelium roanokense is superficially similar to the two other species of Hypentelium, but can generally be distinguished by a combination of color pattern and counts of lateral line scales and pectoral fin elements (Page and Burr 2011).
Size: to 16 cm (Page and Burr 2011)
Native Range: Endemic to the middle and upper Roanoke-Dan River system, North Carolina and Virginia (Raney and Lachner 1947; Page and Burr 2011)
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Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
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Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Hypentelium roanokense are found here.
Table last updated 5/25/2018
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Likely bait bucket introduction (Tracy et al. 2013).
Status: Established in North Carolina and Virginia
References: (click for full references)
Raney, E.C., and E.A. Lachner. 1947. Hypentelium roanokense
, a new catostomid fish from the Roanoke River in Virginia. American Museum Novitates 1333:1-15. http://hdl.handle.net/2246/4207
Page, L.M., and B.M. Burr. 2011. Peterson field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. 2nd edition. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, MA.
Tracy, B.H., R.E. Jenkins, and W.C. Starnes. 2013. History of fish investigations in the Yadkin-Pee Dee River drainage of North Carolina and Virginia with an analysis of nonindigenous species and invasion dynamics of three species of suckers (Catostomidae). Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 129(3):82-106.
Revision Date: 11/5/2013
Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016
Neilson, M.E., 2019, Hypentelium roanokense Raney and Lachner, 1947: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=2905, Revision Date: 11/5/2013, Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016, Access Date: 2/22/2019
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