The Ashy Darter is found in the Tennessee River Drainage from the Duck River in west-central Tennessee up to the Clinch River System in northeastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia. These populations are heavily fragmented due to reservoir construction. Ashy Darters live in slow-moving large creeks and rivers in pools along the banks strewn with boulders and woody debris. They have a greatly enlarged second dorsal fin, as well as oblique dusky bars along the side.
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- Compton, M., and C. Taylor. 2013. Spatial scale effects on habitat associations of the Ashy Darter, Etheostoma cinereum, an imperiled fish in the southeast United States. Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 22:178-191.
- Powers, S.L., B.R. Kuhajda, and S.E. Ahlbrand. 2012. Systematics of the Etheostoma cinereum (Teleostei: Percidae) species complex (subgenus Allohistium). Zootaxa, 3277:43-55.
- Jett, R.T. 2010. Underwater observation and habitat utilization of three rare darters (Etheostoma cinereum, Percina burtoni, and Percina williamsi) in the Little River, Blount County, Tennessee.
- Powers, S.L., R.L. Mayden, and D.A. Etnier. 2004. Conservation genetics of the ashy darter, Etheostoma cinereum (Percidae: Subgenus Allohistium), in the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers of the Southeastern United States. Copeia. 3:632-637.
- Powers, S.L., and R.L. Mayden. 2002. Threatened fishes of the world: Etheostoma cinereum Storer, 1845 (Percidae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 63:264.
- Shepard, T.E., and B.M. Burr. 1984. Systematics, status, and life history aspects of the Ashy Darter, Etheostoma cinereum (Pisces: Percidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, D.C. 97:693-715.
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