Redline Darter

The Redline Darter is another beautiful fish that can be found in the waters of Cypress Creek in North Alabama. This darter, like most darters, is very small; about 1" - 3.9" in length. The included photo shows the fish magnified about 10x.

The Redline Darters scientific name is Etheostoma rufilineatum which means 'strain mouth' and 'red lined' respectively.

Darters are so-named because of their habit of "darting" along the bottom from one rock to another. Their movement is so quick it makes it difficult for an observer to discover the location to which they swam.

What does such a small fish eat? They primarily eat small insects such as midges, mayflies, etc.

The Redline Darter can be found in the Cumberland River and Tennesee River drainage systems in Tennessee, Alabama, and parts of Georgia, North Carolina, and Kentucky.

10 comments:

me ann my camera said...

Another beautiful fish! I am becoming interested in the aquatic world through your blog. The fan shaped design on this little fish is full of colour and beauty.

Thank you for your comments on my Band Swallow.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Cool, Daniel! Is this little guy in your aquarium? I love that you teach me about our local fishes and insects, and hope you guys are happy in your new digs! We miss you here!

Daniel Spurgeon said...

Hi Debi, yes we have three Redline Darters in our aquarium. They are really pretty- but also very small. Sebastian and I have enjoyed catching and learning about the new fish as well. Did you see the video and article on the Sculpin? If not, you can see it here: http://www.natureatcloserange.com/2008/06/banded-sculpin.html

We hope ya'll are doing well as well and enjoying your summer!

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April said...

Fantastic little fish! And such an excellent picture showing its beautiful colors and markings. Great shot considering it darts around so much! I really enjoyed your post and the wonderful video you made. All the best,

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Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

The redline darter is a beautiful fish. I had no idea it existed. Beautiful post. :D

Best Regards, JJ

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Gardener's Garden said...

I loved your video and the shots are so clear I feel like I'm wading in the river with you. Great info on the Darter.

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