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.

Notropis longirostris
Notropis longirostris
(Longnose Shiner)
Native Transplant

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Notropis longirostris (Hay, 1881)

Common name: Longnose Shiner

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Identification: Page and Burr (1991); Mettee et al. (1996).

Size: 6.5 cm.

Native Range: Gulf Slope drainage from Apalachicola River, Georgia and Florida, to Mississippi River, Louisiana (except Mobile Bay); north in Mississippi River basin to Big Black River, Mississippi, and lower Ouachita River drainage, Louisiana (Page and Burr 1991).
Native range data for this species provided in part by NatureServe NS logo
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 Notropis longirostris are found here.

StateFirst ObservedLast ObservedTotal HUCs with observations†HUCs with observations†
GA198820031Upper Ocmulgee

Table last updated 11/26/2022

† Populations may not be currently present.

Means of Introduction: Unknown; possible bait bucket introduction. Bart et al. (1994) suggested that Tussahaw Creek may be the point of entry of this species into the Ocmulgee River system and that Lake Jackson is currently preventing its dispersal to other parts of the water system.

Status: Reported from Georgia.

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: Tussahaw Creek is the only known record of this species in the Ocmulgee River system. That record is based on six specimens taken by Georgia Department of Natural Resources' personnel (Bart et al. 1994). There is a questionable previous report of this species from the Altamaha drainage (which includes the Ocmulgee) by Ramsey (1965), but his report was not based on museum specimens (Bart et al. 1994). Dahlberg and Scott (1971a) also included this species, perhaps on the basis of Ramsey's report, but with no details. This species was not reported in surveys conducted in this area during the late 1970s (Bart et al. 1994). The native population east of the Mobile Bay basin are genetically distinct from those found elsewhere and probably represent an undescribed species. In terms of external morphology, however, the eastern Gulf slope population seems to be totally indistinguishable from specimens taken from other areas (Gilbert 1998).

Other Resources:
FishBase Summary

Author: Nico, L.

Revision Date: 12/5/2003

Peer Review Date: 12/5/2003

Citation Information:
Nico, L., 2022, Notropis longirostris (Hay, 1881): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=599, Revision Date: 12/5/2003, Peer Review Date: 12/5/2003, Access Date: 11/29/2022

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