Common name: Comely Shiner
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Identification: Smith (1985); Page and Burr (1991); Jenkins and Burkhead (1994).
Size: 11 cm.
Native Range: Atlantic Slope drainages from Hudson River, New York, to Cape Fear River, North Carolina (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 amoenus are found here.
Table last updated 9/26/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: The occurrence of this species in Seneca Lake, New York, may have resulted from spread via the Chemung Canal (Snelson 1968; Smith 1985). Smith (1985) stated that the presence of this species in the Shawangunk Kill of New York was probably the result of dispersal through the Delaware-Hudson Canal; however, we could find no mention of the Shawangunk Kill, or the possibility of its introduction into that site, in Snelson (1968, 1971). Method of introduction in the Yadkin drainage of North Carolina is unknown; possible bait bucket release.
Status: Reported from New York and North Carolina.
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: 12/5/2003
Peer Review Date: 12/5/2003
Nico, L., 2023, Notropis amoenus (Abbott, 1874): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=580, Revision Date: 12/5/2003, Peer Review Date: 12/5/2003, Access Date: 9/27/2023
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