Fundulus heteroclitus
Fundulus heteroclitus
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Fundulus heteroclitus (Linnaeus, 1766)

Common name: Mummichog

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Identification: Smith (1985); Robins and Ray (1986); Menhinick (1991).

Size: 12.5 cm.

Native Range: Marine, brackish, and occasionally freshwaters from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to northeastern Florida (Robins and Ray 1986).

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Nonindigenous Occurrences: This species was stocked in ponds in Windham, New Hampshire (Scarola 1973). It was collected from the upper Ohio and Beaver river systems in far western Pennsylvania, apparently in the late 1930s and early 1940s (Raney 1938, cited in Trautman 1981). It has also been collected in Pennsylvania from the Juniata River in Blair County; Sandy Run, a tributary of the Little Juniata; in Conowingo Pond in Lancaster County (Denoncourt et al. 1975a), the Schuylkill and Brandywine drainages of the lower Delaware, and the Lower Susquehanna (Denoncourt et al. 1978).

Means of Introduction: This species was introduced into ponds in New Hampshire, apparently via bait bucket release (Scarola 1973). It was transferred to far western Pennsylvania from the Delaware River drainage of the eastern part of the state (Raney 1938, cited in Trautman 1981), possibly as a baitfish. The other collections in Pennsylvania are believed to be bait bucket introductions (Denoncourt et al. 1975a, 1978).

Status: Previously established or locally established in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania (Scarola 1973; Trautman 1981). Denoncourt et al. (1975a) reported only two specimens from Sandy Run, and one specimen from the Juniata River. Established in the lower Susquehanna and Delaware drainages (Denoncourt et al., 1978).

Impact of Introduction: Unknown.

Remarks: None.

References: (click for full references)

Denoncourt, R. F., T. B. Robbins, and R. Hesser. 1975a. Recent introductions and reintroductions to the Pennsylvania fish fauna of the Susquehanna River drainage above Conowingo Dam. Proceedings of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 49:57-58.

Denoncourt, R.F., J.C. Fisher, and K.M. Rapp.  1978. A freshwater population of the Mummichog, Fundulus heteroclitus, from the Susquehanna River drainage in Pennsylvania.  Estuaries and Coasts 1(4):269-272.

Raney, E. C. 1938. The distribution of the fishes of the Ohio drainage basin of western Pennsylvania. Doctoral dissertation. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 102 pp.

Robins, C. R., G. C. Ray, and J. Douglass. 1986. A field guide to Atlantic Coast fishes of North America. The Peterson Guide Series, volume 32. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.

Scarola, J. F. 1973. Freshwater fishes of New Hampshire. New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Division of Inland and Marine Fisheries. 131 pp.

Smith, C. L. 1985. The inland fishes of New York state. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY. 522 pp.

Trautman, M. B. 1981. The fishes of Ohio. Ohio State University Press, Columbus, OH.

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Author: Fuller, P.

Revision Date: 1/28/2013

Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016

Citation Information:
Fuller, P., 2018, Fundulus heteroclitus (Linnaeus, 1766): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL,, Revision Date: 1/28/2013, Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016, Access Date: 3/19/2018

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