Common name: River Shiner
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Identification: Scott and Crossman (1973); Trautman (1981); Becker (1983); Page and Burr (1991); Etnier and Starnes (1993); Pflieger (1997).
Size: 13 cm.
Native Range: Hudson Bay basin from Manitoba to Alberta (absent in eastern Saskatchewan) in Canada, and south through Red River, Minnesota and North Dakota; Mississippi River basin from Wisconsin and Minnesota south to Gulf; in the United States occurs as far east as West Virginia and as far west as eastern Colorado (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 Notropis blennius are found here.
Table last updated 2/27/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: One of the collectors, G. A. Moore, thought that the Bricken Spring specimen represented a bait introduction, based on the fact that it was taken on the premises of Thomas Bricken, a bait dealer, who obtained his fish from the Arkansas and Red river drainages (Hubbs and Bonham 1951).
Status: Reported from a part of Oklahoma.
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: 6/2/2004
Peer Review Date: 6/2/2004
Nico, L., 2023, Notropis blennius (Girard, 1856): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=586, Revision Date: 6/2/2004, Peer Review Date: 6/2/2004, Access Date: 4/1/2023
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