Darters

FISH PROFILE

COMMON NAME

                      Darter                         (Brown darter, Black-banded darter)

Scientific name

(Etheostoma edwini, Percina nigrofasciata)

FAMILY

Percidae

LENGTH

2 to 4 inches

DIET

Small aquatic insects and worms

FISH PROFILE

COMMON NAME

                                                                                                                                Darter                                                                                                                                     (Brown darter, Black-banded darter)

Scientific name

(Etheostoma edwini, Percina nigrofasciata)

FAMILY

Percidae

LENGTH

2 to 4 inches

DIET

Small aquatic insects and worms

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Darters are small, slender fish that are found in freshwater systems, notably in Florida’s springs. Two common darters found in springs are the brown darter and black-banded darter. Their sizes vary, but most darters are between 2 to 3 inches long. Darters possess two dorsal fins and can be seen using its pectoral fins to dart around and out from under vegetation. Some darters are among the most brightly colored fish in North America since breeding males become vibrant and colorful during breeding season.

RANGE, HABITAT, and BEHAVIOR

Darters are native to eastern North America and can be found in freshwater springs. They live near the bottom of lakes and streams and dart around quickly when feeding or when disturbed. Darters prey on small aquatic animals, such as insects and worms.

FUN FACT

Five new species have been discovered and named after four Presidents and a Vice President – Obama, Clinton, Roosevelt, Carter, and Gore.

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