Slackwater Darter (Etheostoma boschungi)


This federally threatened species is found in five tributaries to the middle Tennessee River and the headwaters of tributaries of the Duck River system. As the common name suggests, Slackwater Darters live in slack water of small to medium streams during most of the year. In the breeding season, they move to groundwater seeps in pastures and forests to spawn. Slackwater Darters have an orange belly with an iridescent blue stripe along the side. Their scientific name honors Dr. Herb Boschung, a renowned ichthyologist at the University of Alabama.

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  • Johnston, C.E., and A.R. Henderson. 2007. Status survey for Etheostoma boschungi (Slackwater Darter) in Alabama. Section 6 report for ADCNR.
  • Johnston, C.E., and W.W. Hartup. 2002. Status survey for Etheostoma boschungi, slackwater darter. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Johnston, C.E., and W.W. Hartup. 2001. Proximity to spawning habitat and reproductive success in Etheostoma boschungi: how far can darters migrate? Section 6 report to FWS, Daphne, Alabama.
  • McGregor, S.W., and T.E. Shepard. 1995. Investigations of slackwater darter, Etheostoma boschungi, populations, 1992-94. Geological Survey of Alabama circular no. 184.
  • Boschung, H.T. 1979. Report on the breeding habits of the slackwater darter (Percidae: Etheostoma boschungi) in the Cypress Creek watershed. US Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service, Auburn, Alabama.
  • Boschung, H.T. 1976. An evaluation of the Slackwater Darter, Etheostoma boschungi relative to its range, critical habitat, and reproductive habits in the Cypress Creek Watershed and adjacent stream systems. An assessment of the probable impacts of the Cypress Creek Watershed project on the Slackwater Darter and its critical habitat. USDA-Soil Conserv. Service, Auburn, AL.
  • Wall, B.R., and J.D. Williams. 1974. Etheostoma boschungi, a new percid fish from the Tennessee River drainage in northern Alabama and western Tennessee. Tulane Studies in Zoology and Botany 18:172-182.

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