Re: NANFA-- Darters in Mississippi

R. W. Wolff (
Tue, 26 Jun 2001 10:44:23 -0500

Is it possible these could be a disjunct isolated population? Just a
thought. More likely its a Gulf darter or variation of the Rainbow darter.
There is a disjunct population of rainbows in South west Mississippi into
Louisiana. I caught some in the Amite river, and they looked radiacally
different than rainbows from Missouri, Tennesee, Kentucky, and various parts
of Wisconsin. Hopefully it will not get the treatment of the orange throat
darter which was split into several species. But, maybe thats a good
things, as long as its just not a reason to list these "new" species.


> Scott, the fish you found weren't watercress darters, because according to
> the USFWS Endangered Species website: "The watercress darter is known from
> three spring areas in Jefferson County, Alabama - Glenn Spring at
> located along county highway 2O; Roebuck Spring, located on the lands of
> the Alabama State Boys School, east of Birmingham; and Thomas' Spring,
> located on private property a short distance from Glenn Spring at the
> headwaters of Halls Creek."

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