Tuckasegee Darter (Etheostoma gutselli)


The Tuckasegee Darter is found in the Pigeon and Little Tennessee river systems in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. They are found in riffles of creeks to medium rivers. Tuckasegee Darters have a coloration of W’s and X’s on their lower sides which turn green in breeding males. They also have large pectoral fins and can reach a maximum size of five inches.