Tessellated Darter
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Name and Code
Family
Percidae - perches and darters
Species
Etheostoma olmstedi
Taxonomic Authority
Storer, 1842
Common Name(s)
Tessellated Darter
French Name
raseux-de-terre gris
OMNR Code
346
Family TSN
168356
Parent TSN
168358
Species TSN
168360
Conservation Status
Global Rank (GRank)
G5 (2011-12-22)
National Rank (NRank)
N4N5 (2013-05-13)
Provincial Rank (SRank)
S4 (2009-04-02)
COSEWIC Status
Not at Risk (Apr 1993)
SARO Status
Not at Risk
AFS Status
none
Ecological Value
Ontario Origin
native
General Abundance
uncommon
Tolerance
intermediate
Economic Importance
forage fish; baitfish (incidental)
Habitat and Feeding
General Habitat(s)
lacustrine; riverine
Environment
benthic
Trophic Class
invertivore
Thermal Regime
coolwater
Habitat Preference
sandy, silty pools of creeks and small to medium rivers and shores of lakes; preferred water temperature 22.8°C
Reproduction
Reproductive Guild
Guarders: Nest spawners: Speleophils
Spawning Habitat(s)
riverine
Spawning Season
spring
Spawning Month(s)
May-June
Spawning Temperature (°C)
12.5-18.5
Fecundity
54-1,435
Nursery Habitat(s)
riverine
Size and Age
Adult Length (cm)
4.4-7.2 TL
Adult Weight (kg)
0.0006-0.0034
Age at Maturity (yrs)
1-2
Maximum Length (cm)
10.3 TL
Maximum Weight (kg)
no data
Lifespan (yrs)
3-4
Ontario Range Map
Tessellated Darter range
Ontario Distribution
southeastern Ontario including Lake Ontario and tributaries, St. Lawrence River and tributaries, Ottawa River and tributaries
Photograph
Tessellated Darter photograph
Notes
fractional spawner: tolerant of low dissolved oxygen and pollution; commonly associated with Bluntnose Minnow and Eastern Blacknose Dace
Ontario Records
Record Length (cm)
8.1 TL
Record Weight (kg)
none
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