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Atlas of North Carolina Freshwater Fish

October 30, 2020 1:40 PM | Anonymous

An Annotated Atlas of the Freshwater Fishes of North Carolina

Bryn Tracy, former NCLMS President, founding member, and now retired, and colleagues from NOAA and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, just published: “An Annotated Atlas of the Freshwater Fishes of North Carolina”. Their abstract from this 200 page peer-reviewed journal article reads:

North Carolina’s first state-specific checklist of freshwater fish species was published in 1709 by John Lawson. Subsequent species lists with descriptions included: Brickell (1737), Cope (1870a), Jordan (1889a), Jordan and Evermann (1896-1900), Smith (1907), Jordan et al. (1930), Fowler (1945), Louder (1962), Ratledge et al. (1966), Menhinick et al. (1974). In 1991, Menhinick published “The Freshwater Fishes of North Carolina”, which is still widely in use because a comprehensive update has not been produced since its publication. The increase in the availability of historical records in globally accessible databases and the surge of collections post-1991 made by federal and state resource agencies, and academic and museum researchers, allowed for the creation of an update of North Carolina’s freshwater fish species in an annotated atlas. Herein we discuss the distribution of the 257 currently described and undescribed freshwater fish species within North Carolina. Annotations for each species include a distributional map with type locality noted where appropriate, remarks concerning questionable records and misidentifications, extirpations, introductions and interbasin transfers, and imperilment status.

It may be downloaded for free at: The authors encourage you to share this link co-workers and students who might be interested in North Carolina’s fishes. As a companion to this publication, please check-out their web site — which covers all of the state’s freshwater and marine fish species, along with a blog that will feature identification keys to the freshwater species.


  • October 30, 2020 1:48 PM | Anonymous
    This article was submitted by North Carolina Lake Management Society Board Member:

    Mark Vander Borgh
    Senior Environmental Biologist
    Monitoring Coalition Coordinator
    Division of Water Resources
    (919) 743-8423,
    Address: 4401 Reedy Creek Rd, Raleigh NC. 27607
    Mailing: 1621 MSC, Raleigh, NC 27699-1621
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