Common name: Saffron Shiner
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Identification: Page and Burr (1991); Etnier and Starnes (1993); Jenkins and Burkhead (1994).
Size: 8.4 cm.
Native Range: Mountainous area drained by upper Tennessee River drainage, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee; headwaters of Santee and Savannah rivers, 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 rubricroceus are found here.
Table last updated 10/1/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Probable bait bucket release or stock contamination (with bass or trout) from hatchery in upper Holston system (Jenkins and Burkhead 1994). First found in upper New drainage, Virginia, in 1963. Became widespread soon afterwards (Jenkins and Burkhead 1994).
Status: Established in North Carolina and Virginia.
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.
Leo Nico, and Pam Fuller
Revision Date: 7/2/2019
Peer Review Date: 9/28/1999
Leo Nico, and Pam Fuller, 2023, Notropis rubricroceus (Cope, 1868): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=609, Revision Date: 7/2/2019, Peer Review Date: 9/28/1999, Access Date: 10/2/2023
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