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 baileyi
Notropis baileyi
(Rough Shiner)
Native Transplant

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Notropis baileyi Suttkus and Raney, 1955

Common name: Rough Shiner

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

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

Size: 9 cm.

Native Range: Mobile Bay and Pascagoula River drainages, mostly below the Fall Line, Alabama and Mississippi; Bear Creek system (Tennessee River drainage), Alabama and Mississippi (Page and Burr 1991).
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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 baileyi are found here.

StateFirst ObservedLast ObservedTotal HUCs with observations†HUCs with observations†
AL196619803Escambia; Middle Chattahoochee-Lake Harding; Mulberry
GA196919952Apalachicola Basin; Middle Chattahoochee-Lake Harding

Table last updated 7/23/2024

† Populations may not be currently present.

Means of Introduction: Unknown; probable bait bucket release. The source of introduced fish found in for the Chattahoochee River was possibly the Tennessee or Coosa drainage in Georgia.

Status: Established in Alabama, Florida, and 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: There is some uncertainty concerning the nonindigenous versus native distributions of this species. Lee et al. (1980 et seq.) provided a dot-distribution map and indicated that the shiner was possibly introduced into the Escambia River of Florida and Georgia. Gilbert (1992) stated that the presence of this species (as well as Luxilus chrysocephalus and Nocomis leptocephalus) in the Escambia drainage is suspected to be the result of an introduction. As support, Gilbert noted that N. baileyi was only first discovered in the Escambia drainage after 1959. Recent collections seem to indicate the species has become more abundant and widespread. In their summary table on Alabama fishes, Mettee et al. (1996) listed this species as native to the Conecuh (Escambia) and Chattahoochee river drainages.

Other Resources:
FishBase Summary

Author: Nico, L.

Revision Date: 12/5/2003

Peer Review Date: 12/5/2003

Citation Information:
Nico, L., 2024, Notropis baileyi Suttkus and Raney, 1955: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=583, Revision Date: 12/5/2003, Peer Review Date: 12/5/2003, Access Date: 7/23/2024

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