Vermilion Darter (Etheostoma chermocki)


The Vermilion Darter is a federally endangered species that is restricted to seven miles of a single stream in the Black Warrior River System. This species has a wide range of spawning habitats, including gravel substrate and vegetation over silt. This may be the only endangered species in the Southeast that is also a city mascot.

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  • Kuhajda, B.R., and R.A. Stiles. 2009. Etheostoma chermocki – Vermilion Darter, p. 15-16. In: The Desperate Dozen: Southeastern Freshwater Fishes on the Brink. B. R. Kuhajda, A. L. George, and J. D. Williams (eds.). Southeastern Fishes Council Proceedings 51:10-30.
  • Stiles, R., and P. D. Blanchard. 2003. Status survey of the Vermilion Darter, Etheostoma chermocki, populations in the Turkey Creek watershed, Jefferson County, Alabama. Report to U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Blanco, C. C., and R. L. Mayden. 1999. Use of habitat models for predicting the abundance and distribution of Vermilion Darters (Etheostoma chermocki) in the Turkey Creek drainage basin. Final Report to U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Blanco, C. C., B. R. Kuhajda, and R. L. Mayden. 1995. Status survey of the Vermilion Darter (Etheostoma chermocki) in Turkey Creek, a tributary of the Locust Fork, Black Warrior River drainage in Jefferson County, Alabama. Final Report to Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Montgomery, Alabama, and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Bailey, R. M., and D. A. Etnier. 1988. Comments on the subgenera of darters (Percidae) with descriptions of two new species of Etheostoma (Ulocentra) from southeastern United States. Miscellaneous Publications Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan 175:1-48.

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