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Wounded Darter
Wounded Darter,  Etheostoma vulneratum

 

Physical Description: 
	Eyes almost on top of head
	Rounded tail fin 
	Somewhat compressed body
	Somewhat pointed nose and terminal mouth 
	Dark lines, checks, or faint vertical bars on body
	Dark olive-colored body
	Narrow, dark edge and red streaks on tail fin
	Blood red spots on last half of body and first dorsal fin

Similar species: 
	Spotted darter (Etheostoma maculatum)

Mean body size:
	Adults are 35-65 standard length 

Habitat:
	Warm, rocky streams and rivers, in gentle runs and flowing pools

Distribution in VA:
	Native to Tennessee drainage

Food Habits:  
	Insects and other invertebrates

Reproductive Habits: 
	Mature by age 2
	Spawning occurs late May to late July in water 16-20C
	Occurs in moderate current in runs and riffles
	Males and females defend nests
	Eggs laid in clusters under rocks 
	Fecundity is 17-166 eggs per female 

Population Status, Economic, or Ecological Importance: 
	Ohio lamprey have been found to parasitize this fish

References:       

Jenkins, R.E and N.M. Burkhead. 1993. Freshwater Fishes of Virginia. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.
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