Channel darter

The distribution of the Channel Darter in North America is highly localized.

The Channel darter lives in the benthopelagic, freshwater environment.

The Channel Darter (Percina copelandi) is a member of the Perch family, Percidae, and subfamily Etheostomatinae. This species has been identified as Threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). More

The channel darter is essentially a bottom-dwelling, lake or large-stream species, where it is most common over sandy or gravelly shoals off beaches. Apparently, it stays in deeper water during the day and moves into shallows at night. More

The channel darter is one of the smallest species of fish found in Ohio. This species was probably very common in the Ohio River before it was impounded. More

Survivors of the ice age, it is believed that channel darters lived in a refuge in the Mississippi area and spread north as the glaciers retreated. The fish has probably always been rare in Canada where it is at the very northern limit of its range. More

Features: The Channel Darter (Percina copelandi) is a small elongated fish with a sandy colour which provides perfect camoflauge in the sandy-bottomed rivers and lakes that it lives in. More

with a channel darter, the easiest darter with which it is confused. Leopard darters have very round spots on their sides with very crisp margins. If the spots look like they have been printed with a laser printer, it is a leopard darter. More

The channel darter is an elongate, slender darter with light olive to sand coloration and 10 to 15 small blotches along the midline on each side. This darter is distinguished from other darters by the enlarged scales between the base of the pelvic fins. More

The Occurrence of the Channel Darter (Perciformes:percidae) in the East Cache Creek System of Southwest Oklahoma - Michael D. Brown1, Alvie H. Claborn2, Larry M. Cofer3 Thomas G. Heger4 , and Jack D. Tyler1 1. More

The channel darter is only found in very large rivers and has a dashed stripe along the lateral line formed by oblong solid markings. More

The channel darter has not been collected since 1946 and is believed to be extirpated in the basin. Sportfish commonly found in basin streams include smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass, white and black crappie, rock bass, and channel catfish. More

Common names

channel darter in English
fouille-roche gris in French (français)
Kanalsmutte in Danish (dansk)
沟小鲈 in Mandarin Chinese
溝小鱸 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Perciformes
Family : Percidae
Genus : Percina
Species : Percina copelandi
Authority : Jordan, 1877