Fundulus notatus
Fundulus notatus
(Blackstripe Topminnow)
Native Transplant
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Fundulus notatus (Rafinesque, 1820)

Common name: Blackstripe Topminnow

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Identification: Page and Burr (1991).

Size: 7.4 cm.

Native Range: Lake Erie, Lake Michigan, and Mississippi River basins from southern Ontario, Michigan, Wisconsin, and northern Iowa south to the Gulf (west to central Kansas and Oklahoma; Gulf Slope drainages from Mobile Bay, Alabama, to San Antonio Bay, Texas.
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Nonindigenous Occurrences: The Blackstripe Topminnow was introduced into Burr Oak Lake in the Hocking system, Buckeye Lake in the Licking system, both of the Muskingum drainage in Ohio (Trautman 1981; Hocutt et al. 1986).

Means of Introduction: Probably inadvertently stocked into Burr Oak Reservoir (Trautman 1981). Access to Buckeye Lake via the Ohio and Erie canals (Trautman 1981).

Status: A population was discovered in Burr Oak Reservoir in 1962 (Trautman 1981). Established in Ohio.

Impact of Introduction: Unknown.

Remarks: None.

References: (click for full references)

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.

Other Resources:
FishBase Fact Sheet

Author: Fuller, P.

Revision Date: 12/5/2003

Citation Information:
Fuller, P., 2017, Fundulus notatus (Rafinesque, 1820): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL,, Revision Date: 12/5/2003, Access Date: 8/16/2017

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Citation information: U.S. Geological Survey. [2017]. Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Gainesville, Florida. Accessed [8/16/2017].

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