The Tangerine Darter is found in the upper Tennessee River System in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia. They live in deep rocky pools of creeks to medium rivers. As the common name suggests, breeding male Tangerine Darters have bright orange coloration on their lower side 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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- Phillips, C.L. 2007. Captive propagation of tangerine darters for re-introduction in the Pigeon River, Tennessee. Masters thesis. University of Tennessee.
- Leftwich, K.N. 1994. Habitat models for predicting the occurrence of blotchside logperch (Percina burtoni) and tangerine darters (P. aurantiaca) in the North Fork Holston River and Little River, Virginia. PhD diss., Virginia Tech.
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