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.

Cyprinella pyrrhomelas
Cyprinella pyrrhomelas
(Fieryblack Shiner)
Native Transplant

Copyright Info
Cyprinella pyrrhomelas (Cope, 1870)

Common name: Fieryblack Shiner

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Identification: Menhinick (1991); Page and Burr (1991); another name is Notropis pyrrhomelas.

Size: 11 cm.

Native Range: Pee Dee and Santee river drainages, North Carolina and South Carolina (Page and Burr 1991).

Native range data for this species provided in part by NatureServe NS logo
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps

Nonindigenous Occurrences:

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 Cyprinella pyrrhomelas are found here.

StateFirst ObservedLast ObservedTotal HUCs with observations†HUCs with observations†

Table last updated 8/17/2022

† Populations may not be currently present.

Means of Introduction: Most likely the result of a bait bucket release (Johnston et al. 1995).

Status: Reported, probably established, in Savannah River drainage, 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.

Remarks: Johnston et al. (1995) collected five specimens in the Chattooga River as part of their 1990 fish survey of the Southern Appalachians. They stated that Cyprinella pyrrhomelas was previously unknown from this drainage (apparently meaning the entire Savannah River drainage). The Chattooga River forms the Georgia/South Carolina state border at the site where this species was taken.

Other Resources:
FishBase Summary

Author: Nico, L.

Revision Date: 6/23/2000

Peer Review Date: 6/23/2000

Citation Information:
Nico, L., 2022, Cyprinella pyrrhomelas (Cope, 1870): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=519, Revision Date: 6/23/2000, Peer Review Date: 6/23/2000, Access Date: 8/17/2022

This information is preliminary or provisional and is subject to revision. It is being provided to meet the need for timely best science. The information has not received final approval by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and is provided on the condition that neither the USGS nor the U.S. Government shall be held liable for any damages resulting from the authorized or unauthorized use of the information.


The data represented on this site vary in accuracy, scale, completeness, extent of coverage and origin. It is the user's responsibility to use these data consistent with their intended purpose and within stated limitations. We highly recommend reviewing metadata files prior to interpreting these data.

Citation information: U.S. Geological Survey. [2022]. Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Gainesville, Florida. Accessed [8/17/2022].

Contact us if you are using data from this site for a publication to make sure the data are being used appropriately and for potential co-authorship if warranted.

For general information and questions about the database, contact Wesley Daniel. For problems and technical issues, contact Matthew Neilson.