Common name: Blackbanded Darter
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Identification: Page and Burr (1991).
Size: 11 cm.
Native Range: Atlantic and Gulf Slope drainages from Edisto River, SC, south into southcentral Florida (almost to Lake Okeechobee) and west to Mississippi River, LA. Absent in St. Marys and Satilla rivers in southeastern Georgia, and rare in Altamaha River, Georgia (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 Percina nigrofasciata are found here.
Table last updated 2/27/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Ecology: Occurs in a variety of stream types over a variety of habitats, ranging from silty streams with vegetation to medium streams with sand, gravel, or rubble substrates. One of the most ubitquitous and abundant darters in Alabama (Boschung and Mayden 2004).
Primarily insectivorous, consuming ephemeropterans and trichopterans as well as copepods, cladocerans, and other small benthic crustaceans (Boschung and Mayden 2004).
Means of Introduction: Possible bait release.
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.
Boschung, H.T., and R.L. Mayden. 2004. Fishes of Alabama. Smithsonian Books, Washington, DC.
Mettee, M.F., P.E. O'Neil, and J.M. Pierson. 1996. Fishes of Alabama and the Mobile Basin. Oxmoor House, Inc., Birmingham, AL.
Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr. 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. The Peterson Guide Series, vol. 42. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.
Pam Fuller, and Matt Neilson
Revision Date: 8/9/2011
Peer Review Date: 8/9/2011
Pam Fuller, and Matt Neilson, 2023, Percina nigrofasciata (Agassiz, 1854): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=824, Revision Date: 8/9/2011, Peer Review Date: 8/9/2011, Access Date: 4/1/2023
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