Common name: Highfin Carpsucker
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Identification: Becker (1983); Page and Burr (1991); Etnier and Starnes (1993). Taxonomy of the genus Carpiodes on the lower Atlantic Slope is uncertain. Some of the forms resembling C. cyprinus and C. velifer may represent undescribed species (C. Gilbert, personal communication).
Size: 50 cm.
Native Range: Lake Michigan drainage and Mississippi River basin from Pennsylvania to Minnesota and southeastern South Dakota, and south to Louisiana; Atlantic Slope in Cape Fear and Santee River drainages, North Carolina; Gulf Slope drainages from Choctawhatchee River, Alabama and Florida, to Pearl River, Mississippi and Louisiana (Page and Burr 1991).
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 Carpiodes velifer are found here.
Table last updated 2/27/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Unknown.
Status: Established in North Carolina and South Carolina.
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.
References: (click for full references)
Becker, G.C. 1983. Fishes of Wisconsin. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI.
Etnier, D.A., and W.C. Starnes. 1993. The fishes of Tennessee. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN.
Gilbert, C.R. - Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL.
Menhinick, E.F. 1991. The freshwater fishes of North Carolina. North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
Page, L.M., and B.M. Burr. 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. The Peterson Field Guide Series, volume 42. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.
Rohde, F. - North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Division of Marine Fisheries, Wilmington, NC.
Rhode, F.C., R.G. Arndt, D.G. Lindquist, and J.F. Parnell. 1994. Freshwater fishes of the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. University of Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC.
Revision Date: 3/6/2011
Peer Review Date: 3/6/2011
Fuller, P., 2023, Carpiodes velifer (Rafinesque, 1820): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=343, Revision Date: 3/6/2011, Peer Review Date: 3/6/2011, Access Date: 3/27/2023
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