Lepomis gibbosus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Report Lepomis gibbosus to the National Museum of Natural History.

Status and distribution in Luxembourg

Distribution map of Lepomis gibbosus Linnaeus, 1758 in Luxembourg. Data source: Recorder-Lux, iNaturalist & GBIF, 2020-01-27.

The first documented occurrence of the Pumpkinseed in Luxembourg dates from 1996. It was found by Julius Troschel on 19th July 1996 in Syr/Syre north of Medingen (Municipality of Contern), in Syr/Syre in Schrassig (Municipality of Schuttrange) and in the delta of Lennéngerbach in Ehnen (Municipality of Wormeldange).

During river surveys in 2005, the species was documented in 6 out of 68 sampling spots in the rivers Alzette, Moselle and Syre.

This predatory fish can occur in very high numbers and impact the native fauna by feeding on aquatic invertebrates, larvae of amphibians and fish eggs and fry. It is also suspected to cause food web alteration and is known to host non-native parasites.

Risk assessment

ISEIA protocol: C2 (2+2+2+2) (Ries et al. 2014: 199).


  • Administration de la Gestion de l’Eau (2010): Les poissons au Luxembourg, Cartographie des poissons, lamproies et écrevisses du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, 213 pp.
  • Ries, C., M. Pfeiffenschneider, Engel, E., J.-C. Heidt & M. Lauff, 2014. Environmental impact assessment and black, watch and alert list classification after the ISEIA Protocol of vertebrates in Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 115: 195-201. [PDF 247 KB]

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