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Etheostoma olmstedi (Tessellated darter)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The tessellated darter (Etheostoma olmstedi) is a fish belonging to the genus Etheostoma. It was formerly considered a subspecies of the johnny darter, which it greatly resembles in general appearance. Both species are rather pale with small X or W shaped markings on the back and upper sides. Both have only a single anal fin spine whereas all other darters in our area have two. Tessellated darters have somewhat sharper snouts than johnny darters, more dorsal soft rays, and more pectoral fin rays. The suborbital sensory canal is complete in most tessellated darters, usually broken into two sections in johnny darters. Their nape is usually naked, and their cheeks are partly to completely scaled. The breast is usually naked and the belly partly scaled. The body of the tessellated darter is el
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Female Maturity [1]  1 year
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates)
Adult Length [1]  4.3 inches (11 cm)
Brood Dispersal [1]  In a nest
Brood Egg Substrate [1]  Speleophils (cavity generalist)
Brood Guarder [1]  Yes
Litter Size [1]  1,435
Maximum Longevity [1]  4 years


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Teays - Old Ohio United States Nearctic Temperate Upland Rivers    

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve 9859505 New York, Vermont, United States  
Colonial National Historic Park National Historical Park V 9316 Virginia, United States
Congaree Swamp National Park II 6095 South Carolina, United States
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Nat'l Military Park National Military Park V 10384 Virginia, United States
George Washington Memorial Parkway V   Virginia, United States
Gettysburg National Military Park V 3560 Pennsylvania, United States
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge VI 3161 New Jersey, United States
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site III 861 Pennsylvania, United States
Morristown National Historical Park VI 1677 New Jersey, United States
New Jersey Pinelands Biosphere Reserve   New Jersey, United States  
Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve 470167 Ontario, Canada  
Rock Creek Park   District of Columbia, United States
Saint Lawrence Islands National Park II   Ontario, Canada
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site III 139 New Hampshire, United States
Shenandoah National Park II 108221 Virginia, United States
South Atlantic Coastal Plain Biosphere Reserve 20317 South Carolina, United States  
Valley Forge National Historical Park VI 3509 Pennsylvania, United States


Prey / Diet

Aedes albopictus (forest day mosquito)[3]
Anax junius (green darner)[3]
Corydalus cornutus (dobsonfly)[3]
Daphnia ambigua (Water flea)[3]
Limnodrilus hoffmeisteri (Aquatic worm)[3]
Pseudacris crucifer (Spring Peeper)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Agelaius phoeniceus (Red-winged Blackbird)3
Aix sponsa (Wood Duck)3
Ambystoma maculatum (Spotted Salamander)3
Ameiurus natalis (Yellow bullhead)4
Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard)3
Anaxyrus americanus americanus (Eastern American Toad)2
Anguilla rostrata (American eel)3
Archilochus colubris (Ruby-throated Hummingbird)1
Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)1
Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed Hawk)1
Charadrius vociferus (Killdeer)3
Chelydra serpentina (Common Snapping Turtle)1
Cyprinus carpio (Common carp)4
Eptesicus fuscus (big brown bat)3
Gambusia holbrooki (Bore-drain fish)3
Geothlypis trichas (Common Yellowthroat)1
Hypentelium nigricans (Northern hog sucker)4
Ictalurus punctatus (Channel catfish)4
Lithobates catesbeianus (American Bullfrog)4
Lithobates sphenocephalus sphenocephalus (Florida Leopard Frog)2
Megaceryle alcyon (Belted Kingfisher)2
Micropterus salmoides (Northern largemouth bass)4
Notemigonus crysoleucas (Golden shiner minnow)5
Notophthalmus viridescens (Eastern Newt)4
Phalacrocorax auritus (Double-crested Cormorant)2
Pomoxis nigromaculatus (Strawberry bass)4
Procyon lotor (Raccoon)1
Pseudacris crucifer (Spring Peeper)2
Semotilus atromaculatus (Horned dace)4
Strix varia (Barred Owl)2


Ameiurus natalis (Yellow bullhead)[3]
Anax junius (green darner)[3]
Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)[3]
Ictalurus punctatus (Channel catfish)[3]
Megaceryle alcyon (Belted Kingfisher)[3]
Micropterus salmoides (Northern largemouth bass)[3]
Nerodia sipedon (Northern Water Snake)[3]
Notemigonus crysoleucas (Golden shiner minnow)[3]
Notophthalmus viridescens (Eastern Newt)[3]
Phalacrocorax auritus (Double-crested Cormorant)[3]
Pomoxis nigromaculatus (Strawberry bass)[3]
Semotilus atromaculatus (Horned dace)[3]


Lemna minor (common duckweed)[3]
Phragmites australis (common reed)[3]
Pontederia cordata (Pickerel Weed)[3]
Saururus cernuus (lizard's tail)[3]
Typha latifolia (Reedmace)[3]

Range Map

America, North - Inland waters; Canada; Nearctic; North America: St. Lawrence River in Quebec and Ontario (absent in Maine, USA) in Canada to Altamaha River in Georgia, USA; in St. Johns River drainage in Florida and in Lake Ontario drainage in New York in the USA.; St. Lawrence; USA (contiguous states);



Attributes / relations provided by
1Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
2Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
3Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
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