About This Animal
SIZE: 2.6 inches
RANGE: Tennessee and Alabama
HABITAT: Slackwater Darters occupy slow moving, small to medium-sized creeks. They leave the stream to spawn in late winter, migrating into areas where groundwater comes to the surface often in pastures and forests.
DIET: Aquatic insects
LIFESPAN: Unknown, probably 3+ years
ON EXHIBIT: No
About this animal: Male Slackwater Darters have bright breeding colors of orange and blue.. Slackwater Darters may return to the same water where they were hatched.
Threats: Small range, habitat destruction, nonpoint source pollution, pesticides
Our Impact: Our scientists are working with partners at Arkansas State University and the University of Alabama on genetic studies and understanding the range of the Slackwater Darter.
Conservation Status: Federally Threatened which means it is protected under the Endangered Species Act.