Common name: Northern Hog Sucker
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Identification: Becker (1983); Page and Burr (1991); Etnier and Starnes (1993); Jenkins and Burkhead (1994).
Size: 61 cm.
Native Range: Great Lakes, Hudson Bay (Red River), and Mississippi River basins from New York and southern Ontario to Minnesota, and south to northern Alabama, southern Arkansas, and eastern Louisiana; Atlantic Slope drainages from Mohawk-Hudson River, New York, to Altamaha River, northern Georgia; Gulf Slope drainages from Pascagoula River, Mississippi, to Comite River, Louisiana (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 Hypentelium nigricans are found here.
Table last updated 2/27/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Probably introduced via bait bucket in Massachusetts (Hartel 1992; Hartel et al. 1996).
Status: Reported from Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Tennessee.
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)
Boschung, H. T. 1992. Catalogue of freshwater and marine fishes of Alabama. Alabama Museum of Natural History Bulletin 14:1-266.
Etnier, D. A., and W. C. Starnes. 1993. The fishes of Tennessee. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN.
Gilbert, C. R. - Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL.
Hartel, K. E. 1992. Non-native fishes known from Massachusetts freshwaters. Occasional Reports of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Fish Department, Cambridge, MA. 2. September. pp. 1-9.
Hartel, K. E., D. B. Halliwell, and A. E. Launer. 1996. An annotated working list of the inland fishes of Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts, Cambridge, MA (Available from http://www.mcz.harvard.edu/fish/ma_fam.htm. Page accessed March 5, 1998).
Jenkins, R. E., and N. M. Burkhead. 1994. Freshwater fishes of Virginia. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.
Page, L. M., and B. M. Burr. 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. The Peterson Field Guide Series, volume 42. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.
Swift, C.C., C.R. Gilbert, S.A. Bortone, G.H. Burgess, and R.W. Yerger. 1986. Zoogeography of the fishes of the southeastern United States: Savannah River to Lake Pontchartrain. 213-266 in C.H. Hocutt and E.O. Wiley, eds. The zoogeography of North American freshwater fishes. John Wiley and Sons, New York, NY.
Walters, D. M. 1997. Theis distribution, status, and ecology of the fishes of the Conasauga River system. Master's Thesis, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
Revision Date: 3/16/2012
Peer Review Date: 3/16/2012
Fuller, P., 2023, Hypentelium nigricans (Lesueur, 1817): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/factsheet.aspx?SpeciesID=360, Revision Date: 3/16/2012, Peer Review Date: 3/16/2012, Access Date: 3/23/2023
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