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 lutipinnis
Notropis lutipinnis
(Yellowfin Shiner)
Native Transplant

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Notropis lutipinnis (Jordan and Brayton, 1878)

Common name: Yellowfin Shiner

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Identification: Menhinick (1991); Page and Burr (1991). According to Wood and Mayden (1992), N. lutipinnis is composed of several different forms.

Size: 7.5 cm.

Native Range: Atlantic and Gulf Slopes from Santee River, North Carolina, to Altamaha River, Georgia (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 lutipinnis are found here.

StateFirst ObservedLast ObservedTotal HUCs with observations†HUCs with observations†
GA197819974Etowah; Upper Chattahoochee; Upper Coosa; Upper Little Tennessee
NC199020152Upper Little Tennessee; Upper Tennessee

Table last updated 7/24/2024

† Populations may not be currently present.

Means of Introduction: Unknown; possible bait bucket releases.

Status: Established in Georgia and North Carolina. Johnston et al. (1995) noted that the species appears to be expanding its range and abundance in the Tennessee River drainage.

Impact of Introduction: N. lutipinnis has a documented negative influence on the foraging behavior and success of rosyside dace (Clinostomus funduloides) in Coweeta Creek, North Carolina through interspecific competition (Hazelton and Grossman 2009)

Remarks: There is some uncertainty in the literature concerning the native versus introduced range of this species. Concerning the Tennessee drainage occurrence, Menhinick (1991) listed it as "probably introduced" into the North Carolina portion of the drainage. Lee et al. (1980 et seq.) did not depict or mention a record for the Tennessee drainage. Similarly, Etnier and Starnes (1993) did not list it as occurring in the Tennessee drainage of Tennessee. The reason for its occurrence in parts of Georgia is also uncertain. Lee et al. (1980) noted that it is known from extreme headwaters of the Chattahoochee River system (Apalachicola River drainage) and Coosa River drainage, and added that it was possibly native in both drainages. However, they did not discuss the probability of it being introduced to these water bodies. Johnston et al. (1995) found it in two sites in the Little Tennessee River, Georgia and North Carolina, during 1990 surveys. Swift et al. (1986) noted that Notropis lutipinnis and N. baileyi are rare and perhaps introduced in the Apalachicola drainage. In their summary table on fishes of the southeastern United States, these authors listed N. lutipinnis as "native, possibly introduced" for both the Chattahoochee and Coosa River systems. Bryant et al. (1979) suggested that this species gained access to the Mobile River basin through stream capture, or less likely, by way of an introduction by man.

References: (click for full references)

Burkhead, N.M., S.J. Walsh, B.J. Freeman, and J.D. Williams. 1997. Status and restoration of the Etowah River, an imperiled southern Appalachian ecosystem, p. 375-444 in G.W. Benz and D.E. Collins (eds). Aquatic Fauna in Perile: The Southeastern Perspective.Special Publication 1, Southeast Aquatic Research Institute, Lenz Design & Communications, Decatur, Ga.

Hazelton, P.D. and G.D. Grossman. 2009. Turbidity, velocity and interspecific interactions affect foraging behaviour of rosyside dace (Clinostomus funduloides) and yellowfin shiners (Notropis lutippinis). Ecology of Freshwater Fish 18: 427-436.

Other Resources:
FishBase Summary

Author: Leo Nico, and Pam Fuller

Revision Date: 2/3/2011

Peer Review Date: 2/3/2011

Citation Information:
Leo Nico, and Pam Fuller, 2024, Notropis lutipinnis (Jordan and Brayton, 1878): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=602, Revision Date: 2/3/2011, Peer Review Date: 2/3/2011, Access Date: 7/24/2024

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