The Fringed Darter, Etheostoma crossopterum, in the Cache River Basin of Southern Illinois (Percidae: Subgenus Catonotus)
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Citation:The Ohio Journal of Science. v98, n2 (March, 1998), 6-9
Etheostoma crossopterum is known for the first time in Illinois, occurring in streams of the Cache River basin of southern Illinois. The Cache River basin population was considered Etheostoma squamiceps in all past accounts, but recent collections of breeding males (with diagnostic dorsal fin characters developed) permitted reidentification of this darter population as E. crossopterum. Nineteen sites were investigated (one in each of 19 streams) to determine if only E. crossopterum or both E. crossopterum and E. squamiceps occurred in the Cache River basin. Museum specimens were examined as well and, although no breeding males were present among the museum material examined, we concluded that all records of E. squamiceps in the Cache River basin refer to E. crossopterum based on 1997 collections of breeding males. In 1997, breeding occurred from at least 24 April to 21 May.
Author Institution: Department of Zoology, Southern Illinois University
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