greenside darter

Scientific name Etheostoma blennioides
Descriptor Rafinesque
Year of description 1819
IUCN category (World) LC
Family Percidae
Genus Etheostoma
Etheostoma blennioides Etheostoma blennioides

Introduction

Etheostoma blennioides, commonly known as greenside darter, is a fresh water fish from the North America.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    5 cm
  • Maximum size
    8 cm
  • Longevity
    5 year
  • Pattern
    circle pattern
  • Average size
    5 cm
  • Maximum size
    8 cm
  • Longevity
    5 year
  • Pattern
    circle pattern

How to recognize the greenside darter ?

The greenside darter measures between 5 and 8 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly vert, marron and beige body. The also has jaune circle pattern.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    carnivorous
  • Sociability
    living as a couple or alone
  • territorial
    Yes
  • Way of living
    diurnal

The greenside darter is a fish living as a couple or alone naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. However, the greenside darter has little concern for non-territorial animals.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui enfouit ses œufs

The greenside darter is a fish ovipare qui enfouit ses œufs.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    4 - 18 °C
  • Flow
    Strong

Biotope presentation

The acidification of water comes from the decomposition of plants. This phenomenon changes the color of the water, which tends to turn brown. In some areas particularly rich in organic matter, the water is so dark that it is called "black water".

The greenside darter is most often found at a depth between 0m and 3m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

The greenside darter prefers well oxygenated waters in current areas and rapids. It frequents fast flowing waters where the bottom is strewn with pebbles, wood or leaves carried by the current. It can be found not far from waterfalls .

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