Re: NANFA-- The dreaded darter ID

Bruce Stallsmith (
Tue, 03 Oct 2000 09:29:08 EDT

Thanks J.R., I thought the submarginal band was pretty standard in Eth.
kennicotti. I'll see what I can do for photos, photographing live fish is a
skill I'm still working on.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL

>Subject: Re: NANFA-- The dreaded darter ID
>Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2000 07:55:53 EDT
>In a message dated 10/2/00 6:11:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> writes:
><< I have a question of darter minutiae... 2 Saturdays ago we went to
> Fork of the Flint River here in Madison County, Alabama. We found at
>least 5
> different species of darters in this stream--rainbow, greenside,
> snubnose, Black snubnose, and stripetail (Eth. kennicotti). I kept a very
> large "stripetail" and once home I realized that it lacks one diagnostic
> trait that separates Eth. kennicotti from Eth. flabellare, the fantail
> darter. This trait is a submarginal black band on the first dorsal fin.
> specimen has a fairly deep red band at the top of the first dorsal but no
> black beneath it. My question to the assembled darter experts is, do
> kennicotti invariably have a black submarginal band, or have I found
> my first flabellare out of this stream? Mettee et al. in "Fishes of
> speak of flabellare being found in the Paint Rock system just to the
> and in Limestone and Lauderdale counties to the west; but not in the
> system...
> >>
>Bruce, All of the kennicoti I've seen have the sub-marginal
>bands...especially adults. Can you post a photo?
>J.R. <_at_}}}}}}}><

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