Etheostoma flabellare Rafinesque, 1819
Fantail darter
Etheostoma flabellare
photo by N. Burkhead & R. Jenkins, courtesy of VDGIF

Family:  Percidae (Perches), subfamily: Etheostomatinae
Max. size:  8.4 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 4 years
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  North America: Atlantic, Great Lakes, and Mississippi River basins from southern Quebec in Canada to Minnesota, and south to South Carolina (in Santee River system) in northern Alabama, and northeastern Oklahoma in the USA.
Biology:  Inhabit rocky riffles of creeks and small to medium rivers (Ref. 5723, 10294); also found in small to medium upland streams (Ref. 10294). Adults feed on midge, blackfly, and caddisfly larvae, mayfly nymphs, isopods, and amphipods (Ref. 10294). Eggs are found clustered on underside of stone and guarded by males (Ref. 7043).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 12 December 2011 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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