Western sand darter

The Western sand darter lives in the demersal, freshwater environment.

western sand darter then here is some info: The western sand darter is native to much of the mainstream Mississippi River and its larger tributaries, from southern Minnesota and Wisconsin (including Lake Michigan drainage) southward into Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. More

The western sand darter was described from Iowa in 1885 *9286*. More

The western sand darter is listed as a threatened species in Iowa (571 IAC 77.2(2) (2004)). This darter is almost exclusively restricted to the Mississippi River, where it is widespread (Harlan et al. 1987). More

* Western Sand Darter (State Rank - S2S3): This species has been collected from five sites in the lower subbasin, as recently as 1995. It has also been collected from one site in the upper subbasin. More

The western sand darter is most similar to the scaly sand darter; differing from A. vivax in usually having 7 or fewer transverse scales (Ross 2001). More

1 of 3 western sand darter photos in the UM collection Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.University of Michigan Museum of Zoology western sand darter photo Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site. More

Distinguishing characteristics: The western sand darter can be distinguished by its small (not extending to anterior of eye) subterminal mouth without obvious canine teeth, its greatly elongated body, with a body depth of less than 14% of standard length, its unscaled belly without a modified More

Common names

sand darter in English
Vestlig sandsmutte in Danish (dansk)
western sand darter in English
清亮鏢鱸 in Mandarin Chinese
清亮镖鲈 in Mandarin Chinese
西部隐鲈 in Mandarin Chinese
西部隱鱸 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Perciformes
Family : Percidae
Genus : Ammocrypta
Species : Ammocrypta clara
Authority : Jordan and Meek, 1885