Re: NANFA-- puzzling blackfin darter

Bruce Stallsmith (
Sun, 08 Oct 2000 12:33:55 EDT

Jay, you beat me to it, I had just scanned this photo before I read your
message... OK, this is pretty much the fish I have with the major exception
that the first dorsal fin is red on the top half, rather than black as in
the photo. The only other possibility I can offer is that my fish is a
Johnny Darter, Eth. nigrum, which has been reported from the Paint Rock
River system but not the Flint. Johnny Darters also seem to be a variable
species; would some of them have a red first dorsal? That is the trait that
keeps hanging me up.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Darterville, AL

>From: "Jay DeLong" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: NANFA-- puzzling blackfin darter
>Date: Sun, 8 Oct 2000 08:43:41 -0700
>Here's a scan of the blackfin darter Etheostoma nigripinne from Fishes of
>AB: The darter pic I posted
>before was photographed by Wm. Roston and I think is possibly the
>undescribed blackfin darter P. Odontopholis sp. reportedly found only in
>Barrens R drainage of Tennessee (see So why
>there two species with the same common name (or why is the name being used
>for the undescribed one)?
>Jay DeLong
>Olympia, WA

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