Etheostoma zonale

Etheostoma zonale
Banded Darter – Etheostoma zonale
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Etheostoma zonale

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
PercidaeEtheostoma zonale(Cope)1868Banded Darter

Unique Characteristics: Belly and interpelvic area lacking modified scales. Lateral line normal, not arched upward. 1st anal spine stiff, as thick as 2nd spine. Sides with no horizontal streaks along each scale row. Sides with narrow greenish bars with posterior bars encircling caudal peduncle. Opercle and checks at least partially scaled.

Similar Species:

Swannanoa Darter Etheostoma swannanoa. Belly and interpelvic area lacking modified scales. Lateral line normal, not arched upward. 1st anal spine stiff, as thick as 2nd spine. Sides with no horizontal streaks along each scale row. Posterior bars on side not encircling caudal peduncle. Opercle and checks naked. Nape with embedded scales near head. Dorsal fin with orange basal band. Restricted to Pigeon, French Broad, and Nolichucky basins.

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