Common name: Tessellated Darter
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Identification: Page (1983); Smith (1985); Page and Burr (1991); Jenkins and Burkhead (1994).
Size: 11 cm.
Native Range: Atlantic drainages from St. Lawrence River, Quebec and Ontario (absent in Maine) to Altamaha River, Georgia; St. Johns River drainage, Florida; Lake Ontario drainage, New York; mostly restricted to Coastal Plain in Virginia (Page and Burr 1991).
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Etheostoma olmstedi are found here.
Table last updated 12/2/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Unknown.
Status: Established in North Carolina.
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
Jenkins, R.E., and N.M. Burkhead. 1994. Freshwater Fishes of Virginia. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.
Menhinick, E. F. 1991. The freshwater fishes of North Carolina. North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. 227 pp.
Page, L.M. 1983. Handbook of darters. T.F.H., Inc., Neptune City, NJ.
Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr. 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. The Peterson Guide Series, vol. 42. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.
Smith, C.L. 1985. The inland fishes of New York State. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY.
Revision Date: 5/29/2019
Peer Review Date: 8/16/2011
Fuller, P., 2023, Etheostoma olmstedi Storer, 1842: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=816, Revision Date: 5/29/2019, Peer Review Date: 8/16/2011, Access Date: 12/3/2023
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