Distribution and life history characteristics of the state-endangered bluebreast
darter Etheostoma camurum (Cope) in Illinois.
Metamorphosis of Clinch River glochidia occurred 24 to 48 d post-infestation on bluebreast darters, dusky darters, banded darters, stripetail darters, and logperch.
Only two of the eight Percina and Etheostoma species tested in this study were potential hosts, the bluebreast darter and dusky darter (Table 3).
At the beginning of this study seven darter species (Bluebreast, Harlequin, Spotted, Spottail, Tippecanoe, Variegate, and Gilt) were on Indiana's list of endangered fish species; and up-to-date, statewide distributional information was lacking.
For example, Kuehne & Barbour (1983) stated that the Vermillion River basin in Illinois probably contained the last population of Bluebreast Darter in the entire Wabash River basin, and that Spotted Darter was likely extinct from the drainage.
Fish hosts.--Five species of darters (Percidae) were identified as hosts from induced infestations of glochidia: greenside darter Etheostoma blennioides, bluebreast
Gerking (1945) was the last to report the bluebreast
darter (Etheostoma camurum) from the South Fork Wildcat Creek watershed.
The bluebreast darter Etheostoma camurum (Cope) has a disjunct distribution within the Ohio River drainage.
Key Words: Bluebreast darter, Etheostoma camurum, Vermilion River, endangered species
The spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus), tadpole madtom (Noturus gyrinus), and bluebreast darter (Etheostoma camurum) were collected during the current survey and were also recorded by Gerking (1945) or by Erman and Mumford (unpublished data).
Eight species were collected from only one site during the present survey: paddlefish (Polyodon spathula), spotted gar, threadfin shad, Mississippi silvery minnow (Hybognathus nuchalis), tadpole madtom, brook silverside (Labidesthes sicculus), redear sunfish, and bluebreast darter.
A proposal for a standard ethogram, exemplified by an ethogram of the bluebreasted