Common name: Black Drum
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Identification: Manooch (1984); Robins and Ray (1986); Hoese and Moore (1998).
Size: 170 cm.
Native Range: Marine. Nova Scotia to northern Mexico, including south Florida; also southern Brazil to Argentina (Robins and Ray 1986).
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
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Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps
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 Pogonias cromis are found here.
Table last updated 5/25/2018
† Populations may not be currently present.
* HUCs are not listed for states where the observation(s) cannot be approximated to a HUC (e.g. state centroids or Canadian provinces).
Means of Introduction: Black drum was stocked in 1976 and 1977 by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Texas reservoirs (Howells and Garrett 1992).
Status: The stocking attempts failed to establish reproducing populations in Texas. The species is extirpated in New Mexico.
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.
References: (click for full references)
Hoese, H.D. and R.H. Moore. 1998. Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Texas, Louisiana, and Adjacent Waters. 2nd Edition. Texas A & M University Press, College Station, TX.
Howells, R.G., and G.P. Garrett. 1992. Status of some exotic sport fishes in Texas waters. Texas Journal of Science 44(3):317-324.
Manooch, C.S. 1984. Fisherman's guide, fishes of the southwestern United States. North Carolina State Museum of Natural History, Raleigh, NC.
Robins, C.R., and G.C. Ray. 1986. A field guide to Atlantic Coast fishes of North America. The Peterson Guide Series, volume 32. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.
Sublette, J.E., M.D. Hatch, and M. Sublette. 1990. The fishes of New Mexico. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM. 393 pp.
Revision Date: 9/13/2011
Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016
Fuller, P., 2019, Pogonias cromis (Linnaeus, 1766): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=958, Revision Date: 9/13/2011, Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016, Access Date: 5/20/2019
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