The Gilt Darter has a disjunct distribution in the Mississippi River, Ohio River, and Lake Erie drainages, including the Tennessee and Cumberland river drainages. They live in rocky riffles and runs of creeks to medium rivers. As the common name suggests, breeding male Gilt Darters have bright amber-orange coloration along their lower head and belly. 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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- Foster, J.R. 2014. Restoration of the Gilt Darter (Percina evides) in the lotic-benthic community of the Allegheny River, New York. Final report to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Albany, New York.
- Koryak, M., P.S. Bonisalwsky, D.D. Locy, and B.A. Porter. 2011. Gilt darter (Percina evides: Percidae: Etheostomatinae) range expansion, microhabitat selection, and phylogenetics within the Allegheny River navigation system, Pennsylvania, USA. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. 85(2/3):104-108.
- Skyfield, J.P., and G.D. Grossman. 2008. Microhabitat use, movements and abundance of gilt darters (Percina evides) in southern Appalachian (USA) streams. Ecology of Freshwater Fish: 17(2):219-230.
- Skyfield, J.P. 2006. Microhabitat use and movements of gilt darters (Percina evides) in two southeastern streams. PhD dissertation. University of Georgia. Athens, Georgia.
- Near, T.J., L.M. Page, and R.L. Mayden. 2001. Intraspecific phylogeography of Percina evides (Percidae: Etheostomatinae): an additional test of the Central Highlands pre-Pleistocene vicariance hypothesis. Molecular Ecology. 10(9):2235-2240.
- Sutherland, A.B. 2001. Effects of Substrate Embeddedness on Behavior of the Gilt Darter (Percina evides). Proceedings of the 2001 Georgia Water Resources Conference. University of Georgia. Athens, Georgia.
- Near, T.J., and L.M. Page. 1999. Molecular Systematics and Speciation of the Gilt Darter (Percina evides) in the St. Croix River Drainage. INHS Center for Biodiversity.
- Margulies, D., O.S. Burch, and B.F. Clark. 1980. Rediscovery of the gilt darter (Percina evides) in the White River, Indiana. American Midland Naturalist. 207-208.
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