Hybognathus hankinsoni
Hybognathus hankinsoni
(Brassy Minnow)
Native Transplant
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Hybognathus hankinsoni Hubbs in Jordan, 1929

Common name: Brassy Minnow

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Identification: Becker (1983); Holton (1990); Page and Burr (1991); Pflieger (1997).

Size: to 9.7 cm TL

Native Range: Upper St. Lawrence River and Lake Champlain drainages, Quebec and New York, across Great Lakes, Hudson Bay, and Missouri--upper Mississippi River basins of southern Canada and northern United States south to Kansas; Fraser River system (Pacific Slope), Alberta and British Columbia (Page and Burr 1991).

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Nonindigenous Occurrences: The Brassy Minnow has been recorded from the Colorado River, Colorado (Tyus et al. 1982; Walker 1993), the Susquehanna River in New York (Smith 1985), the Powell River in Tennessee (Etnier and Starnes 1993), and from an unspecified location as well as Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah (B. Schmidt, personal communication; Tilmant 1999).

Means of Introduction: Smith (1985) suggested that its presence in the Susquehanna River drainage, New York, may have been by way of dispersal through the Chenango Canal. However, this species was not reported from the Susquehanna drainage in a review of the species' distribution by Bailey (1954), and the Chenango Canal has been inactive since the late 1800s. Thus it is more likely due to a bait bucket introduction; Smith (1985) reports that the Brassy Minnow is frequently used as a baitfish. According to Etnier and Starnes (1993), the Tennessee record was based on a single specimen taken in 1973; they considered it a bait bucket introduction. Records in Colorado also may be the result of bait bucket releases. There is no information for means of its introduction into Utah.

Status: Reported from Colorado, New York, Tennessee, and Utah.

Impact of Introduction: Unknown.

Remarks: Pflieger (1997) noted that small populations of this species found in two tributaries of the upper Mississippi River in Missouri may be the result of recent bait bucket releases.

References: (click for full references)

Bailey, R.M. 1954. Distribution of the American cyprinid fish Hybognathus hankinsoni with comments on its original description. Copeia 1954(4):289-291.

Becker, G.C. 1983. Fishes of Wisconsin. University of Madison Press, Madison, WI.

Etnier, D.A., and W.C. Starnes. 1993. The fishes of Tenneessee. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN.

Holton, G.D. 1990. A field guide to Montana fishes. Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Helena, MT.

Page, L.M., and B.M. Burr. 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. The Peterson Guide Series, vol. 42. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.

Pflieger, W. 1997. The fishes of Missouri. Missouri Department of Environmental Conservation, Jefferson City, MO.

Smith, C.L. 1985. The inland fishes of New York State. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY.

Tilmant, J.T. 1999. Management of nonindigenous aquatic species in the U.S. National Park System. National Park Service.

Other Resources:
FishBase Summary

Author: Pam Fuller, and Matt Neilson

Revision Date: 9/26/2012

Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016

Citation Information:
Pam Fuller, and Matt Neilson, 2018, Hybognathus hankinsoni Hubbs in Jordan, 1929: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=544, Revision Date: 9/26/2012, Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016, Access Date: 1/20/2018

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