Fish Species of North Carolina

Name every freshwater fish species found in North Carolina
Includes species that only spend part of their life in freshwater
Only includes fish whose native range includes part of NC
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Scientific Name
Species
Acantharchus pomotis
Mud Sunfish
Acipenser oxyrinchus
Atlantic Sturgeon
Acipenser fulvescens
Lake Sturgeon
Acipenser brevirostrum
Shortnose Sturgeon
Agonostomus monticola
Mountain Mullet
Alosa pseudoharengus
Alewife
Alosa sapidissima
American Shad
Alosa aestivalis
Blueback Herring
Alosa mediocris
Hickory Shad
Alosa chrysochloris
Skipjack Herring
Ambloplites cavifrons
Roanoke Bass
Ambloplites rupestris
Rock Bass
Ameiurus melas
Black Bullhead
Ameiurus nebulosus
Brown Bullhead
Ameiurus platycephalus
Flat Bullhead
Ameiurus brunneus
Snail Bullhead
Ameiurus catus
White Catfish
Ameiurus natalis
Yellow Bullhead
Amia calva
Bowfin
Anchoa mitchilli
Bay Anchovy
Anguilla rostrata
American Eel
Apeltes quadracus
Fourspine Stickleback
Aphredoderus sayanus
Pirate Perch
Aplodinotus grunniens
Freshwater Drum
Awaous banana
River Goby
Campostoma anomalum
Central Stoneroller
Campostoma oligolepis
Largescale Stoneroller
Carpiodes spp.
Atlantic Highfin Carpsucker
Carpiodes spp.
Carolina Carpsucker
Carpiodes velifer
Highfin Carpsucker
Carpiodes cyprinus
Quillback
Carpiodes carpio
River Carpsucker
Catostomus commersonii
White Sucker
Centrarchus macropterus
Flier
Chologaster cornuta
Swampfish
Chrosomus oreas
Mountain Redbelly Dace
Chrosomus tennesseensis
Tennessee Dace
Clinostomus spp.
Hiwassee Dace
Clinostomus funduloides
Rosyside Dace
Clinostomus spp.
Smoky Dace
Cottus carolinae
Banded Sculpin
Cottus caeruleomentum
Blue Ridge Sculpin
Cottus kanawhae
Kanawha Sculpin
Cottus bairdii
Mottled Sculpin
Cyprinella pyrrhomelas
Fieryblack Shiner
Cyprinella chloristia
Greenfin Shiner
Cyprinella zanema
Santee Chub
Cyprinella analostana
Satinfin Shiner
Cyprinella spiloptera
Spotfin Shiner
Cyprinella labrosa
Thicklip Chub
Cyprinella spp.
Thinlip Chub
Cyprinella nivea
Whitefin Shiner
Cyprinella galactura
Whitetail Shiner
Cyprinodon variegatus
Sheepshead Minnow
Dormitator maculatus
Fat Sleeper
Dorosoma cepedianum
Gizzard Shad
Dorosoma petenense
Threadfin Shad
Elassoma zonatum
Banded Pygmy Sunfish
Elassoma boehlki
Carolina Pygmy Sunfish
Elassoma evergladei
Everglades Pygmy Sunfish
Eleotris amblyopsis
Largescaled Spinycheek Sleeper
Enneacanthus obesus
Banded Sunfish
Enneacanthus chaetodon
Blackbanded Sunfish
Enneacanthus gloriosus
Bluespotted Sunfish
Erimonax monachus
Spotfin Chub
Erimystax insignis
Blotched Chub
Erimystax dissimilis
Streamlined Chub
Erimyzon oblongus
Creek Chubsucker
Erimyzon sucetta
Lake Chubsucker
Esox niger
Chain Pickerel
Esox masquinongy
Muskellunge
Esox americanus
Redfin Pickerel
Etheostoma zonale
Banded Darter
Etheostoma camurum
Bluebreast Darter
Etheostoma jessiae
Blueside Darter
Etheostoma osburni
Candy Darter
Etheostoma collis
Carolina Darter
Etheostoma brevispinum
Carolina Fantail Darter
Etheostoma hopkinsi
Christmas Darter
Etheostoma flabellare
Fantail Darter
Etheostoma vitreum
Glassy Darter
Etheostoma chlorobranchium
Greenfin Darter
Etheostoma blennioides
Greenside Darter
Etheostoma kanawhae
Kanawha Darter
Etheostoma mariae
Pinewoods Darter
Etheostoma rufilineatum
Redline Darter
Etheostoma podostemone
Riverweed Darter
Etheostoma serrifer
Sawcheek Darter
Etheostoma thalassinum
Seagreen Darter
Etheostoma acuticeps
Sharphead Darter
Etheostoma simoterum
Snubnose Darter
Etheostoma kennicotti
Stripetail Darter
Etheostoma fusiforme
Swamp Darter
Etheostoma swannanoa
Swannanoa Darter
Etheostoma olmstedi
Tessellated Darter
Etheostoma gutselli
Tuckasegee Darter
Etheostoma inscriptum
Turquoise Darter
Etheostoma perlongum
Waccamaw Darter
Etheostoma vulneratum
Wounded Darter
Exoglossum maxilingua
Cutlip Minnow
Exoglossum laurae
Tonguetied Minnow
Fundulus diaphanus
Banded Killifish
Fundulus chrysotus
Golden Topminnow
Fundulus spp.
Lake Phelps Killifish
Fundulus lineolatus
Lined Topminnow
Fundulus confluentus
Marsh Killifish
Fundulus heteroclitus
Mummichog
Fundulus rathbuni
Speckled Killifish
Fundulus luciae
Spotfin Killifish
Fundulus majalis
Striped Killifish
Fundulus waccamensis
Waccamaw Killifish
Gambusia holbrooki
Eastern Mosquitofish
Gambusia affinis
Western Mosquitofish
Heterandria formosa
Least Killifish
Hiodon tergisus
Mooneye
Hybognathus regius
Eastern Silvery Minnow
Hybopsis amblops
Bigeye Chub
Hybopsis hysinotus
Highback Chub
Hybopsis rubifrons
Rosyface Chub
Hypentelium nigricans
Northern Hogsucker
Hypentelium roanokense
Roanoke Hogsucker
Ichthyomyzon castaneus
Chestnut Lamprey
Ichthyomyzon greeleyi
Mountain Brook Lamprey
Ichthyomyzon bdellium
Ohio Lamprey
Ictalurus furcatus
Blue Catfish
Ictalurus punctatus
Channel Catfish
Scientific Name
Species
Ictiobus niger
Black Buffalo
Ictiobus bubalus
Smallmouth Buffalo
Labidesthes sicculus
Brook Silverside
Labidesthes vanhyningi
Golden Silverside
Lampetra aepyptera
Least Brook Lamprey
Lepisosteus osseus
Longnose Gar
Lepomis macrochirus
Bluegill
Lepomis marginatus
Dollar Sunfish
Lepomis cyanellus
Green Sunfish
Lepomis gibbosus
Pumpkinseed
Lepomis auritus
Redbreast Sunfish
Lepomis microlophus
Redear Sunfish
Lepomis punctatus
Spotted Sunfish
Lepomis gulosus
Warmouth
Lethenteron appendix
American Brook Lamprey
Lucania parva
Rainwater Killifish
Luxilus cerasinus
Crescent Shiner
Luxilus chrysocephalus
Striped Shiner
Luxilus coccogenis
Warpaint Shiner
Luxilus albeolus
White Shiner
Lythrurus matutinus
Pinewoods Shiner
Lythrurus ardens
Rosefin Shiner
Menidia beryllina
Inland Silverside
Menidia extensa
Waccamaw Silverside
Microphis brachyurus
Opossum Pipefish
Micropterus spp.
Bartram's Bass
Micropterus salmoides
Largemouth Bass
Micropterus dolomieu
Smallmouth Bass
Micropterus punctulatus
Spotted Bass
Minytrema melanops
Spotted Sucker
Morone saxatilis
Striped Bass
Morone chryops
White Bass
Morone americana
White Perch
Moxostoma spp.
Atlantic Shorthead Redhorse
Moxostoma ariommum
Bigeye Jumprock
Moxostoma duquesnii
Black Redhorse
Moxostoma cervinum
Blacktip Jumprock
Moxostoma spp.
Brassy Jumprock
Moxostoma spp.
Carolina Redhorse
Moxostoma erythrurum
Golden Redhorse
Moxostoma collapsum
Notchlip Redhorse
Moxostoma carinatum
River Redhorse
Moxostoma robustum
Robust Redhorse
Moxostoma spp.
Sicklefin Redhorse
Moxostoma anisurum
Silver Redhorse
Moxostoma pappillosum
V-Lip Redhorse
Moxostoma breviceps
Smallmouth Redhorse
Moxostoma rupiscartes
Striped Jumprock
Mugil cephalus
Striped Mullet
Mugil curema
White Mullet
Nocomis platyrhynchus
Bigmouth Chub
Nocomis leptocephalus
Bluehead Chub
Nocomis raneyi
Bull Chub
Nocomis micropogon
River Chub
Notemigonus crysoleucas
Golden Shiner
Notropis bifrenatus
Bridle Shiner
Notropis mekistocholas
Cape Fear Shiner
Notropis petersoni
Coastal Shiner
Notropis amoenus
Comely Shiner
Notropis cummingsae
Dusky Shiner
Notropis atherinoides
Emerald Shiner
Notropis chlorocephalus
Greenhead Shiner
Notropis altipinnis
Highfin Shiner
Notropis micropteryx
Highland Shiner
Notropis chalybaeus
Ironcolor Shiner
Notropis spp.
Kanawha Rosyface Shiner
Notropis volucellus
Mimic Shiner
Notropis spectrunculus
Mirror Shiner
Notropis scabriceps
New River Shiner
Notropis spp.
Piedmont Shiner
Notropis chiliticus
Redlip Shiner
Notropis rubellus
Rosyface Shiner
Notropis rubricroceus
Saffron Shiner
Notropis scepticus
Sandbar Shiner
Notropis photogenis
Silver Shiner
Notropis hudsonius
Spottail Shiner
Notropis procne
Swallowtail Shiner
Notropis maculatus
Taillight Shiner
Notropis telescopus
Telescope Shiner
Notropis leuciodus
Tennessee Shiner
Notropis alborus
Whitemouth Shiner
Notropis lutipinnis
Yellowfin Shiner
Noturus spp.
Broadtail Madtom
Noturus furiosus
Carolina Madtom
Noturus insignis
Margined Madtom
Noturus eleutherus
Mountain Madtom
Noturus gilberti
Orangefin Madtom
Noturus flavus
Stonecat
Noturus gyrinus
Tadpole Madtom
Perca flavescens
Yellow Perch
Percina gymnocephala
Appalachia Darter
Percina burtoni
Blotchside Logperch
Percina nevisense
Chainback Darter
Percina evides
Gilt Darter
Percina caprodes
Logperch
Percina squamata
Olive Darter
Percina crassa
Piedmont Darter
Percina roanoka
Roanoke Darter
Percina rex
Roanoke Logperch
Percina oxyrhynchus
Sharpnose Darter
Percina williamsi
Sickle Darter
Percina aurantiaca
Tangerine Darter
Percina westfalli
Westfalls Darter
Petromyzon marinus
Sea Lamprey
Phenacobius crassilabrum
Fatlips Minnow
Phenacobius teretulus
Kanawha Minnow
Phenacobius uranops
Stargazing Minnow
Pimephales notatus
Bluntnose Minnow
Pimephales promelas
Fathead Minnow
Poecilia latipinna
Sailfin Molly
Polyodon spathula
Paddlefish
Pomoxis nigromaculatus
Black Crappie
Pomoxis annularis
White Crappie
Pylodictis olivaris
Flathead Catfish
Rhinichthys atratulus
Eastern Blacknose Dace
Rhinichthys cataractae
Longnose Dace
Rhinichthys obtusus
Western Blacknose Dace
Salvelinus fontinalis
Brook Trout
Sander canadensis
Sauger
Sander vitreus
Walleye
Semotilus atromaculatus
Creek Chub
Semotilus lumbee
Sandhills Chub
Stronglyura marina
Atlantic Needlefish
Thoburnia hamiltoni
Rustyside Sucker
Trinectes maculatus
Hogchoker
Umbra pygmaea
Eastern Mudminnow
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