The Warrior Darter is patchily distributed in the upper Black Warrior River system in the Mobile Basin in central Alabama. Like other Snubnose darters, they have a blunt snout, and they reside in the transition zone from pools to riffles. Breeding males have a wide range of colors including green, blue, red, and yellow.
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- Khudamrongsawat, J., and B.R. Kuhajda. 2007. Life history of the Warrior Darter (Etheostoma bellator) and comparison with the endangered Vermilion Darter (Etheostoma chermocki). Journal of Freshwater Ecology 22:241-248.
- Khudamrongsawat, J. 2007. Comparative study of life history and population structure of the endangered Vermilion Darter (Etheostoma chermocki) and its sister species, the Warrior Darter (E. bellator). Unpubl. Ph.D. diss., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
- Clabaugh, J.P., K.E. Knott, R.M. Wood, and R.L. Mayden. 1996. Systematics and biogeography of snubnose darters, genus Etheostoma (Teleostei: Percidae) from the Black Warrior River system, Alabama. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 24:119-134.
- Suttkus, R. D., and R. M. Bailey. 1993. Etheostoma colorosum and E. bellator, two new darters, subgenus Ulocentra, from southeastern United States. Tulane Studies in Zoology and Botany 29:1-28.
- 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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