Common name: Crescent Shiner
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Identification: Gilbert (1964); Page and Burr (1991); Jenkins and Burkhead (1994); another commonly used name is Notropis cerasinus.
Size: 11 cm.
Native Range: Upper and middle Roanoke (and adjacent tributaries of Meherrin River-Chowan River system), and New River drainage, Virginia and North Carolina (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 Luxilus cerasinus are found here.
Table last updated 7/4/2022
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Probable bait bucket release in Virginia, possible bait bucket release (or a natural stream capture) in North Carolina. The earliest record for Virginia was from 1965 in the Jennings Creek system of the middle James River drainage (Jenkins and Burkhead 1994). Abbott et al. (1977) stated that the presence of this species in Holiday Creek (Appomattox drainage) probably resulted from a bait bucket release into Holiday Lake, a recreational impoundment.
Status: Established in Virginia (in lower Barbours Creek, James drainage). Reported from North Carolina and from other areas of Virginia.
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.
Revision Date: 7/5/2000
Peer Review Date: 7/5/2000
Nico, L., 2022, Luxilus cerasinus (Cope, 1868): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=559, Revision Date: 7/5/2000, Peer Review Date: 7/5/2000, Access Date: 7/5/2022
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