Re: NANFA-- Darters in Mississippi

Jay DeLong (
Tue, 26 Jun 2001 09:17:07 -0700

Scott isn't on this list, so I'm sending this to him at

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

At 11:08 AM 6/26/01 -0500, you wrote: >Ray, Scott, > >>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. > >Very likely it's a gulf darter (E. swaini). They're one of the more >abundant darters in SW Mississippi, and superficially look very similar to >watercress darters, and for that matter sort of like coldwater darters (E. >ditrema). There's also a lot of variation in gulf darters across its >range- color patterns differ a LOT between the Mobile Basin and the gulf >coastal drainages to either side. Try doing a search on etheostoma swaini >to round up some pics. > >cheers, >dave

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