snail darter


Definition of snail darter

: a darter (Percina tanasi) of the Tennessee River drainage system of eastern Tennessee and northern Georgia

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Recent Examples on the Web The snail darter became a poster fish of sorts for the Endangered Species Act (ESA), passed in 1973, when its protection status was legally challenged and the landmark case went to the Supreme Court, which upheld the legislation. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Sep. 2021 After the Supreme Court upheld the snail darter’s protection in 1978, Congress exempted the dam from the law so it could be constructed. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Sep. 2021 The law caused all sorts of environmental showdowns in the 1970s and 1980s — most notoriously, the fight over the construction of the Tellico Dam in Tennessee, which threatened the tiny snail darter fish. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2019 The snail darter survived, transplanted to other rivers. Rachel Riederer, The New Republic, 9 May 2018 Boyd writes that an appellate judge hearing the case stopped taking notes and wrote a limerick about the cheeky swimmer: Who can surpass the snail darter? Rachel Riederer, The New Republic, 9 May 2018

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Snail darter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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