Notropis nubilus
Notropis nubilus
(Ozark Minnow)
Native Transplant
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Notropis nubilus (Forbes in Jordan, 1878)

Common name: Ozark Minnow

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Identification: Becker (1983); Robison and Buchanan (1988); Page and Burr (1991); Pflieger (1997). Another name is Dionda nubila.

Size: 9.3 cm.

Native Range: Disjunct populations in upper Red River system, northern Wisconsin; Mississippi River tributaries in southeastern Minnesota, eastern Iowa, southern Wisconsin, and northern Illinois; Ozark Mountain drainages in southern Missouri, southeastern Kansas, northern Arkansas, and northeastern Oklahoma; and Boggy Creek system, Oklahoma (Page and Burr 1991).
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Nonindigenous Occurrences: This species has been reported from (and possibly introduced into) the Blue River (Red River drainage) in Oklahoma (Miller and Robison 1973).

Means of Introduction: Possible bait bucket release (Miller and Robison 1973).

Status: Reported from Oklahoma.

Impact of Introduction: Unknown.

Remarks: There is some confusion in the literature concerning the presence of this species in southern Oklahoma and whether it is native or introduced to this region. Miller and Robison (1973) stated that it is "possibly present in the Blue River and elsewhere as a result of bait bucket introductions." The Blue River is a tributary of the Red River and is near a pair of other Red River tributaries, Clear Boggy and Muddy Boggy creeks. Page and Burr (1991) apparently considered it native to the Boggy Creek system of Oklahoma, but added that the species is possibly extinct in that water system. Presumably their "Boggy Creek system" represents Clear Boggy Creek, Muddy Boggy Creek, or both. Lee et al. (1980 et seq.) did not discuss nor map records of this species from Blue River, Boggy Creek, nor any other part of southern Oklahoma. Similarly, Cross et al. (1986) did not list it as occurring in the Red River drainage. Fossil remains have been found in southwestern Kansas, providing evidence of a more western distribution during glaciation (Becker 1983; Cross et al. 1986).

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Author: Nico, L.

Revision Date: 6/23/2004

Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016

Citation Information:
Nico, L., 2018, Notropis nubilus (Forbes in Jordan, 1878): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL,, Revision Date: 6/23/2004, Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016, Access Date: 1/19/2018

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Citation information: U.S. Geological Survey. [2018]. Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Gainesville, Florida. Accessed [1/19/2018].

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