Brief trip report and ID confirmations
Posted 29 July 2018 - 08:26 PM
There were actually good numbers of darters here. Mostly fantails but also these which I think may be Spottail darters (Etheostoma squamiceps) which are locally abundant in this region.
Lots of these sunfish. I think they are juvenile greens.
Finally I found some of these fish. Could they be juvenile Western Creek Chubsuckers?
Here is a pic of the habitat sampled. This is a very turbid and muddy watershed in general.
Posted 30 October 2018 - 03:20 PM
Posted 30 October 2018 - 03:38 PM
Posted 30 October 2018 - 07:25 PM
Posted 30 October 2018 - 08:01 PM
Umbra limi (Central mudminnow)
Not a big deal to you northern folk, but a big deal down here to find one of these. Western KY is near the southern tip of their range. This specimen was pushing 3.5 inches. I know they get bigger but I'll take it.
Etheostoma proeliare (Cypress darter). This is a male. Note the black and red on the first dorsal fin which can be useful to distinguish it from other similar species. Similar to the dollar sunfish, western KY is the northern edge of their range as well.
More mudminnow pics:
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