NANFA-- fantail darters
Fri, 21 Jan 2000 21:32:10 EST

I'm unsure about the existence of Etheostoma flabellare as a species per se.
For instance on the Michigan DNR web page, they have Etheostoma flabellare
the fantail darter, Etheostoma flabellare flabellare the barred fantail
darter, and Etheostoma flabellare lineolatum the striped fantail darter all
listed as living in MI. The reason I'm wondering is that they have the
species E.f.flabellare and E.f.lineolatum so it doesn't seem like they would
have a species that would be called just E. flabellare ; I've seen other
species that previously went by a single all-encompassing species name and
then were split up into two or more subspecies and I have never noticed any
that kept the original species name by itself without an accompanying
subspecies name if other members of its "species" were reclassified into
their subspecies category. Is there a fish called just plain old E.

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