Banded darter

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The Banded darter lives in the benthopelagic, freshwater environment.

The Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) is a European species of dragonfly of the family Libellulidae. More

The banded darter is widespread in the Mississippi watershed from southern Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to northern Illinois, and from eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi north through Ohio and Tennessee to western New York. More

Banded Darter in Google Images * Sympetrum pedemontanum in Google Images Search the Web: More about these sites . More

The banded darter can be found in all the principal drainage systems of the Eastern Broadleaf Forest Aquatic Subregion as well as maintaining populations in the Lizard Creek and upper Iowa River watersheds. More

Banded Darter, like most members of the genus, has a red abdomen. Its primary distinguishing feature however is the presence of broad black bands across the outer section of each wing. More

Banded darter; Gulf darter; Striated darter; Redfin darter; Boulder darter; Coppercheek darter; Sharphead darter; Brown darter; Choctawhatchee darter; Turquoise darter; Christmas darter; Slough darter; Swamp darter; Fountain darter; Fantail darter; Iowa darter; Spotted darter; Yoke darter; Okaloosa darter; Black darter; River darter; More

Special Requirements: Banded Darters need good water circulation / aeration. Also note that these fish feed off the bottom and may feed slowly, so be sure that sufficient food gets to the bottom of the tank. More

Banded - The banded darter is distinguishable from the brighteye darter by having 46 to 56 lateral line scales compared with 39 to 43 for the brighteye darter, and, in Alabama, the banded darter is limited to Tennessee River tributaries. More

Banded darters inhabit rocky riffle areas of small creeks to medium sized rivers. In the book "The Fishes of Missouri" by William L. More

The banded darter is distinguishable from the brighteye darter, E. lynceum, by E. zonal having 44 to 58 lateral line scales compared with 39 to 43 for E. lynceum. See Cope (1868b) for original description. More

Common names

banded darter in English
Båndet smutte in Danish (dansk)
宽带镖鲈 in Mandarin Chinese
寬帶鏢鱸 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Perciformes
Family : Percidae
Genus : Etheostoma
Species : Etheostoma zonale
Authority : Cope, 1868