The Nonindigenous Occurrences section of the NAS species profiles has a new structure. The section is now dynamically updated from the NAS database to ensure that it contains the most current and accurate information. Occurrences are summarized in Table 1, alphabetically by state, with years of earliest and most recent observations, and the tally and names of drainages where the species was observed. The table contains hyperlinks to collections tables of specimens based on the states, years, and drainages selected. References to specimens that were not obtained through sighting reports and personal communications are found through the hyperlink in the Table 1 caption or through the individual specimens linked in the collections tables.

Leporinus fasciatus
Leporinus fasciatus
(banded leporinus)

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Leporinus fasciatus (Bloch, 1794)

Common name: banded leporinus

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Identification: The genus Leporinus comprises about 70 nominal species, many needing additional taxonomic study (Vari 1983). Leporinus fasciatus likely represents a species complex. At least 10 Leporinus species have been described with color patterns that consist of vertical bars along the body (Géry 1977). See Géry (1977) for color photographs and distinguishing characteristics as well as a general discussion of the L. fasciatus group.

Size: 30 cm SL.

Native Range: Tropical America. This species complex is widely distributed in South America, from Guiana and the Orinoco region to the La Plata basin (Géry 1977).

Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps

Nonindigenous Occurrences: Single record from an unspecified location in Florida between 1984 and 1991, based on the fact that it was not on a 1984 list but was on a 1991 list (Courtenay et al. 1984, 1991). Reported from a reservoir on Oahu, Hawaii, in 1984 (Devick 1991a, 1991b) and again by Mundy (2005) (possibly the Wahiawa Reservoir).

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 Leporinus fasciatus are found here.

StateFirst ObservedLast ObservedTotal HUCs with observations†HUCs with observations†
FL199119922Florida Southeast Coast; South Atlantic-Gulf Region

Table last updated 4/18/2024

† Populations may not be currently present.

Means of Introduction: Probable aquarium releases.

Status: Failed in Florida. Population in Hawaii probably extirpated (Mundy 2005).

Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.

Remarks: Leporinus fasciatus was listed as having been reported from Colorado by Courtenay and Stauffer (1990); however, that record was the result of a publishing error and thus not valid (W. Courtenay, personal communication). There are no known voucher specimens.

References: (click for full references)

Courtenay, W.R., Jr., D.A. Hensley, J.N. Taylor, and J.A. McCann. 1984. Distribution of exotic fishes in the continental United States. Pages 41-77 in Courtenay, W.R., Jr., and J.R. Stauffer, Jr, eds. Distribution, biology, and management of exotic fishes. John Hopkins University Press. Baltimore, MD.

Courtenay, W.R., Jr., D.P. Jennings, and J.D. Williams. 1991. Appendix 2: Exotic fishes. Pages 97-107 in Robins, C.R., R.M. Bailey, C.E. Bond, J.R. Brooker, E.A. Lachner, R.N. Lea, and W.B. Scott. Common and scientific names of fishes from the United States and Canada, 5th edition. American Fisheries Society Special Publication 20. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.

Courtenay, W.R., Jr., and J.R. Stauffer, Jr. 1990. The introduced fish problem and the aquarium fish industry. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 21(3):145-159.

Devick, W.S. 1991a. Disturbances and fluctuations in the Wahiawa Reservoir ecosystem. Project F-14-R-15, Job 4, Study I. Division of Aquatic Resources, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Devick, W.S. 1991b. Patterns of introductions of aquatic organisms to Hawaiian freshwater habitats. Pages 189-213 in New directions in research, management and conservation of Hawaiian freshwater stream ecosystems. Proceedings of the 1990 symposium on freshwater stream biology and fisheries management, Division of Aquatic Resources, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Géry, J. 1977. Characoids of the world. Tropical Fish Hobbyist Publications, Inc., Neptune City, NJ.

Mundy, B.C. 2005. Checklist of Fishes of the Hawaiian Archipelago. Bishop Museum Bulletins in Zoology, Number 6.

Vari, R.P. 1983. Phylogenetic relationships of the families Curimatidae, Prochilodontidae, Anostomidae, and Chilodontidae (Pisces: Characiformes). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 378:1-60.

FishBase Summary

Author: Leo Nico, and Pamela J. Schofield

Revision Date: 3/31/2020

Peer Review Date: 6/7/2012

Citation Information:
Leo Nico, and Pamela J. Schofield, 2024, Leporinus fasciatus (Bloch, 1794): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=312, Revision Date: 3/31/2020, Peer Review Date: 6/7/2012, Access Date: 4/18/2024

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