The Nonindigenous Occurrences section of the NAS species profiles has a new structure. The section is now dynamically updated from the NAS database to ensure that it contains the most current and accurate information. Occurrences are summarized in Table 1, alphabetically by state, with years of earliest and most recent observations, and the tally and names of drainages where the species was observed. The table contains hyperlinks to collections tables of specimens based on the states, years, and drainages selected. References to specimens that were not obtained through sighting reports and personal communications are found through the hyperlink in the Table 1 caption or through the individual specimens linked in the collections tables.

Percina nigrofasciata
Percina nigrofasciata
(Blackbanded Darter)
Native Transplant

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Percina nigrofasciata (Agassiz, 1854)

Common name: Blackbanded Darter

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

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).

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Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps

Nonindigenous Occurrences:

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.

StateFirst ObservedLast ObservedTotal HUCs with observations†HUCs with observations†
AL198819962Middle Tallapoosa; Upper Tallapoosa
GA196319961Upper Tallapoosa

Table last updated 5/26/2024

† 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.

Status: Unknown.

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.

Remarks: None.

Other Resources:
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.

FishBase Summary

Author: Pam Fuller, and Matt Neilson

Revision Date: 8/9/2011

Peer Review Date: 8/9/2011

Citation Information:
Pam Fuller, and Matt Neilson, 2024, Percina nigrofasciata (Agassiz, 1854): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/factsheet.aspx?SpeciesID=824&utm_campaign=&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=, Revision Date: 8/9/2011, Peer Review Date: 8/9/2011, Access Date: 5/26/2024

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