RE: NANFA-- Maryland Darter

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Wed, 5 Dec 2001 10:13:05 -0600

The book "Vanishing Fishes of North America" by R. Dana Ono et al has a
detailed writeup on the Maryland darter. At the time of its writing (1983),
it stated that only 15 had been seen alive since 1974, and then listed the
environmental threats the fish has had to contend with.

The species is still listed though as an "endangered" species.

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Neely
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2001 10:02 AM
Subject: Re: NANFA-- Maryland Darter


>I was cruisin' the web this morning and found a site at the MD DNR the
>spoke about protecting the Maryland Darter as if it still existed. I
>thought that it was exstinct. Does anyone know of any actual sightings
>in the last 10 to 15 years.

Last sighting was December 1989, by Rich Raesly, a professor at Frostburg
State University.

The area has been surveyed pretty heavily of late, to no avail. It's
possible they could still be hanging out in the mainstem Susquehanna, (which

probably constituted it's preferred habitat), but it's just below a big
honking reservoir, with major flow fluctuations.


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