Common name: Golden Topminnow
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Identification: Hubbs et al. (1991); Page and Burr (1991); Etnier and Starnes (1993); Mettee et al. (1996).
Size: 7.5 cm.
Native Range: Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain from Santee River drainage, South Carolina, to Trinity River drainage, Texas; Former Mississippi Embayment north to Kentucky and Missouri. East of Mississippi River, mostly restricted to lower Coastal Plain (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 Fundulus chrysotus are found here.
Table last updated 2/27/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Unknown.
Status: Probably established in Texas.
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.
References: (click for full references)
Etnier, D.A., and W.C. Starnes. 1993. The fishes of Tenneessee. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN.
Hubbs, C., R.J. Edwards, and G.P. Garrett. 1991. An annotated checklist of freshwater fishes of Texas, with keys to identification of species. Texas Journal of Science 43(4):1-56.
Mettee, M.F., P.E. O'Neil, and J.M. Pierson. 1996. Fishes of Alabama and the Mobile basin. Oxmoor House, Inc, Birmingham, AL.
Page, L. M., and B. M. Burr. 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. The Peterson Field Guide Series, volume 42. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.
Whiteside, B. G., and C. Berkhouse. 1992. Some new collection locations for six fish species. Texas Journal of Science 44(4):494.
Revision Date: 7/31/2019
Peer Review Date: 10/17/2011
Fuller, P., 2023, Fundulus chrysotus (Günther, 1866): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=684, Revision Date: 7/31/2019, Peer Review Date: 10/17/2011, Access Date: 3/21/2023
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