NANFA-- Darters in Mississippi

Jay DeLong (
Tue, 26 Jun 2001 08:45:30 -0700

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 Bessemer,
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."

I'm sharing your question with the NANFA discussion list. There are a few
Mississippi folks on the list, plus others who may have some advice for
you. Also, be sure to buy Peterson Guide to Freshwater Fishes by Page and

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

>Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 21:13:37 -0500 >From: "" <> >Subject: Darters in Mississippi >To: >X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 5.50.4133.2400 > >I live in Pike County, Mississippi. Last year I caught with a net several >small fishes from a spring fed creek near the Tangipahoa River. I didn't >know what they were. They were small colorful fish that were bottom fish >that were extremely fast. I caught a few to put in an aquarium. They died. >I went back to the same creek today and noticed that a new bridge had been >built. I also noticed that the fish were not as abundant as before. Today >I only noticed two when I looked in the water and I used to see a dozen or >more when I looked for them. I searched the internet and found a picture >of a Watercrest Darter and I am almost positive that the fish I caught >were these fish. Can you please give me some more information on these >fish and tell me if there are any other Darter's native to southwest >Mississippi? Thank you, Scott Enlow

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