Re: NANFA-- rainbow darter coloration

Christopher Scharpf (
Fri, 20 Jul 2001 17:33:31 -0400

> I wonder that is the rainbow darter with red spots on the side like in
> the 1st pic of Peterson field guide plate 46 found everywhere within
> the species range or is it restricted to a certain area?


Page's _Handbook of Darters_ says a subspecies "in the White River of
Arkansas and Missouri, has longitudinal rows of small red spots on the

I don't know if other populations or rainbow darter have red spots. What I
do know is that the "species" is highly variable and probably represents a
species complex with many unrecognized forms.

Chris Scharpf

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