The Channel Darter has a disjunct distribution in the Mississippi and St Lawrence-Great Lakes drainages, including the Tennessee and Cumberland river drainages. They live over gravel substrate of runs and riffles in small to medium rivers. While most darters are found on stream bottoms, members of the genus Percina tend to be found higher in the water column because they retain a swim bladder.
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- Boucher, J., P. Bérubé, and R. Cloutier. 2009. Comparison of the Channel Darter (Percina copelandi) summer habitat in two rivers from eastern Canada. Journal of Freshwater Ecology. 24:19-28.
- Reid, S.M., and N.E. Mandrak. 2008. Historical changes in the distribution of threatened channel darter (Percina copelandi) in Lake Erie with general observations on the beach fish assemblage. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 34(2):324-333.
- Reid, S.M. 2005. River Redhorse (Moxostoma carinatum) and Channel Darter (Percina copelandi) Populations along the Trent-Severn Waterway. Parks Research Forum of Ontario Proceedings. 221-223
- Reid, S.M., L.M. Carl, and J. Lean. 2005. Influence of riffle characteristics, surficial geology, and natural barriers on the distribution of the channel darter, Percina copelandi, in the Lake Ontario basin. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 72(3):241-249.
- Reid, S.M. 2004. Age estimates and length distributions of Ontario channel darter (Percina copelandi) populations. Journal of Freshwater Ecology. 19(3):441-444.
- Schofield, P.J., and S.T. Ross. 2003. Habitat selection of the channel darter, Percina (Cottogaster) copelandi, a surrogate for the imperiled pearl darter, Percina aurora. Journal of Freshwater Ecology. 18(2):249-257.
- Brown, M.D. 1997. The occurrence of the channel darter (Perciformes: Percidae) in the East Cache Creek system of southwest Oklahoma. Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science. 77:127-129).
- Strange, R.M. 1997. Food items of Channel darters (Percina copelandi) collected from the Ohio River. Journal of freshwater ecology. 12(2):339-340.
- Suttkus, R.D., B.A. Thompson, and H.L. Bart, Jr. 1994. Two new darters, Percina (Cottogaster), from the southeastern United States, with a review of the subgenus. Occasional Papers Tulane University Museum of Natural History 4.
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