Semotilus lumbee

Semotilus lumbee
Sandhills Chub – Semotilus lumbee
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
Cyprinidae Semotilus lumbee Snelson and Suttkus 1978 Sandhills Chub

Range: Endemic to the Sand Hills in North and South Carolina (Snelson and Suttkus 1978; Snelson 1980b; Rohde et al. 2009), the Sandhills Chub is found in the lower Yadkin, middle Cape Fear, and upper Lumber basins (Map 93).

Remarks: The Sandhills Chub was described by Franklin F. Snelson and Royal D. Suttkus in 1978 based upon 11 specimens collected by William M. Palmer, Alvin L. Braswell, and John E. Cooper on May 8, 1975. The specimens were collected at a tributary of Aberdeen Creek at a culvert on US Highway 1, about 0.8 kilometers southwest of junction of US Highways 1 and 15 in center of Aberdeen, Moore County (35.124604⁰, -79.438135⁰) (Snelson and Suttkus 1978). The holotype is at TU (TU 101095). The species continued to occupy its type locality when surveyed in May 2009 (Tracy, unpublished data).

Status: State Significantly Rare.

Semotilus lumbee Range Map
Map 93. Distribution of Sandhills Chub, Semotilus lumbee. Yellow star indicates the type locality.

Unique characters: Lacks a well-defined black spot at anterior base of dorsal fin, nine dorsal fin rays, and 46-50 lateral line scales. Small flap-like barbel in a groove near corner of the mouth.

Similar species:

Creek Chub Semotilus atromaculatus.  A well-defined spot at base of the dorsal fin, eight dorsal fin rays, and 52-58 lateral line scales.

Semotilus atromaculatus Dorsal Spot
Semotilus atromaculatus Dorsal Spot

Bluehead Chub Nocomis leptocephalus.  Readily-seen conical barbel at corner of mouth and dorsal fin origin over pelvic fin origin as opposed to behind the pelvic fin origin in the Sandhills Chub.

Nocomis leptocephalus Head
Nocomis leptocephalus Head
NC Semotilus ID Guide
NC Semotilus ID Guide

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