Common name: Scarlet Shiner
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Identification: Page and Burr (1991); Etnier and Starnes (1993); Jenkins and Burkhead (1994); another commonly used name is Notropis ardens. Snelson (1990) recognized two subspecies, L. a. ardens and L. a. fasciolaris. Dimmick et al. (1996) recognized L. ardens as a species complex; as part of a re-evaluation, they elevated L. a. fasciolaris to species status. Mayden et al. (1992) and Gilbert (1998) treated as a valid species.
Size: 8.5 cm.
Native Range: Ohio River basin from Scioto River drainage, Ohio, southwest to extreme southeastern Illinois (now extirpated) and south to Tennessee River drainage, Alabama; New River drainage, Virginia and West Virginia (Snelson 1990; Page and Burr 1991).
Swift et al. (1986) listed this species as possibly introduced into the Black Warrior system in Alabama. Its presence in the Muskingum River drainage in Ohio may also be the result of past introduction (Snelson 1990).
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 Lythrurus fasciolaris are found here.
Table last updated 12/7/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Unknown; probable bait bucket release.
Status: Established in Alabama. Reported in Ohio.
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: 4/30/2018
Peer Review Date: 3/20/2001
Nico, L., 2023, Lythrurus fasciolaris (Gilbert, 1891): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=567, Revision Date: 4/30/2018, Peer Review Date: 3/20/2001, Access Date: 12/7/2023
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