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.

Luxilus zonistius
Luxilus zonistius
(Bandfin Shiner)
Native Transplant

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Luxilus zonistius Jordan, 1880

Common name: Bandfin Shiner

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Identification: Gilbert (1964); Page and Burr (1991); Mettee et al. (1996); Boschung and Mayden (2004). Commonly used name is Notropis zonistius.

Size: 10 cm.

Native Range: Apalachicola River drainage, Georgia, Alabama, Florida; adjacent tributaries of Savannah River, Georgia, Altamaha River, Georgia (Page and Burr 1991).

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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 Luxilus zonistius are found here.

StateFirst ObservedLast ObservedTotal HUCs with observations†HUCs with observations†
AL196920064Coosa-Tallapoosa; Middle Tallapoosa; Upper Coosa; Upper Tallapoosa
GA196320184Coosawattee; Etowah; Hiwassee; Upper Oconee

Table last updated 7/15/2024

† Populations may not be currently present.

Means of Introduction: Unknown; probable bait bucket release.

Status: Established in Alabama and Georgia. A single collection consisting of ten specimens were taken from the Savannah River drainage in 1953.

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: There is some uncertainty concerning the native versus nonindigenous distribution of this species. According to Williams (1967), the occurrence of this species in the Tallapoosa River system may have been the result of either a bait bucket release or stream capture. Smith-Vaniz (1968) indicated that its presence in the upper Tallapoosa River system is probably the result of stream capture. Gilbert (1964) and Swift et al. (1986) regarded the single record from the Savannah system as probably the result of stream capture, although these researchers did not rule out the possibility of introduction as an explanation for it presence. In their summary table on Alabama fishes, Mettee et al. (1996) listed this species as native to the Coosa and Tallapoosa river drainages, and also to the Chattahoochee River drainage. Johnston et al. (1995) discovered it in the Hiwassee River during a 1990 fish survey and considered it to be a probable introduction.  Boschung and Mayden (2004) list it as native in their table of occurrences by drainage but say that it may be introduced in the text for that species.  

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Author: Nico, L.

Revision Date: 6/15/2004

Peer Review Date: 6/15/2004

Citation Information:
Nico, L., 2024, Luxilus zonistius Jordan, 1880: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=564, Revision Date: 6/15/2004, Peer Review Date: 6/15/2004, Access Date: 7/15/2024

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