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#1 Chasmodes

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 11:01 AM

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At first I thought it might be a female rainbow darter, but now I'm not so sure.  When I saw it in the wild, that was my first thought, that it wasn't a greenside.  I was able to sneak up and get a quick photo before it spooked.  The snout doesn't seem blunt enough and the markings are not consistent with a greenside, both found in this drainage (Potomac).  But then again, the eyes don't match pictures of rainbow darter females that I see on the web (they are light, not dark).  What do you think?  Maybe the picture angle is giving me a false idea of what I'm looking at...

 

Regardless of the species, I like the picture :)


Kevin Wilson


#2 Chasmodes

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 11:06 AM

OK, I have an older photo that I took last year of a rainbow darter from the Potomac drainage that has the lighter color eyes.  

 

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Kevin Wilson


#3 Dustin

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 12:36 PM

I agree that it appears to be a female rainbow.


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#4 littlen

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 12:40 PM

It does seem to have a bit more mottling, but very Rainbow-y. 


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#5 Josh Blaylock

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 01:28 PM

I's agree with Female Rainbow


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#6 Chasmodes

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Posted 02 September 2016 - 07:42 AM

Thank you everyone!!!


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