Common name: Blacktip Shiner
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Identification: Snelson (1972); Page and Burr (1991); Mettee et al. (1996); a commonly used name is Notropis atrapiculus.
Size: 6.5 cm.
Native Range: Apalachicola, Choctawhatchee, Yellow, and Escambia drainages in western Georgia, southeastern Alabama, and Florida panhandle (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 Lythrurus atrapiculus are found here.
Table last updated 2/8/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: The introduction of the Blacktip Shiner into the Mobile basin of Alabama is the result of artificial diversion of the Conecuh River (Lee et al. 1980 et seq.). All information on the appearance of this species in the Ocmulgee system of Georgia came from Bart et al. (1994). According to those investigators, the species may have been introduced to the upper Ocmulgee system either by stream capture from the Flint River, or by bait bucket release. In any case, because the species is restricted to the river reach above High Falls dam, it was likely introduced after 1904, the year of dam construction. The first record of this species in the Ocmulgee River system (and in the Atlantic Slope) is based on the collection of sixteen specimens taken during the period 1988-1990 from the headwaters of the Towaliga River system, a small western tributary of the Ocmulgee River (Bart et al. 1994).
Status: Established in Georgia. A single collection was recorded in Alabama.
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: 5/24/2019
Peer Review Date: 9/27/1999
Nico, L., 2023, Lythrurus atrapiculus (Snelson, 1972): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=566, Revision Date: 5/24/2019, Peer Review Date: 9/27/1999, Access Date: 2/8/2023
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