snail darter


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snail darter

n.
A small snail-eating darter (Percina tanasi) found only in Tennessee. A dam on the Little Tennessee River (completed in 1979) destroyed what had been the only known population of the fish, but it was later found in other locations.

snail′ dart`er


n.
a tan, striped, snail-eating perch, Percina tanasi, 3 in. (7.5 cm) long, found only in the Tennessee River.
[1970–75]
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Noun1.snail darter - a small snail-eating perch of the Tennessee River
perch - spiny-finned freshwater food and game fishes
genus Percina, Percina - a genus of Percidae
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Hill, a well-known case involving the construction of a dam on the Tennessee River that was likely to inundate occupied critical habitat of the endangered snail darter (Percina tanasi), affirmed the preeminent role of the ESA and section 7 in shaping federal actions to conserve listed species: "The plain intent of Congress in enacting this statute was to halt and reverse the trend toward species extinction, whatever the cost .
The Tennessee Valley Authority was close to completing the Tellico Dam project, and had already spent millions of dollars on construction of the dam, (34) when it was discovered that the dam would injure the habitat of an endangered species of fish called the snail darter.
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ABSTRACT--Discovered in 1973, the snail darter (percina tanasi Etnier) was extirpated from Little Tennessee River upon completion of Tellico Dam in 1979.
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