dart·​er | \ ˈdär-tər How to pronounce darter (audio) \

Definition of darter

2 : any of numerous small North American freshwater bony fishes (especially genera Ammocrypta, Etheostoma, and Percina of the family Percidae)

Examples of darter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Alabama shad, frecklebelly madtom, and crystal darter are also mostly gone, and minnows like the Mobile chub and the fluvial shiner no longer appear at sites where Suttkus commonly caught them. Richard Conniff, National Geographic, "These surreal jarred fish tell an urgent story of extinction," 20 Sep. 2019 That total includes about 645 game fish, such as bass or sunfish, and a large number of small, non-game fish, such as shiners and minnows and the slackwater darters. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al.com, "Thousands of fish killed after sewage spill in Athens," 5 June 2019 Slackwater darters are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and their critical habitat includes Swan Creek and a handful of other small creeks in north Alabama and Tennessee. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al.com, "Thousands of fish killed after sewage spill in Athens," 5 June 2019 Take for example the trispot darter—a small, handsome finned fish found only in a few places in the southeastern U.S. National Geographic, "How do we decide which species are endangered or threatened?," 22 Apr. 2019 The rest of the fish community includes muskellunge, northern pike, white sucker, brown bullhead, yellow perch, spot-tail shiner, Johnny darter and a handful of other small species. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Can the walleye population rebound in McDermott Lake if bass and panfish are reduced?," 30 June 2018 The drought rules seek to preserve flows at Comal and San Marcos springs, which support habitat of the fountain darter and other endangered species. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio, other cities activate Stage 1 watering restrictions," 21 May 2018 The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the darter and ordered construction the dam halted, but Congress passed a new law granting an exception to the Tellico. Rachel Riederer, The New Republic, "Can Rivers Be People Too?," 9 May 2018 Another darter was named for former Vice President Al Gore, in honor of his work on climate change. Richard Pyle, National Geographic, "A Fish Called Obama—Newly Discovered Species Named for President," 2 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of darter

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Nov 2019

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“Darter.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/darter. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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