Percina sciera - (Swain, 1883)
Dusky Darter
Taxonomic Status: Accepted
Related ITIS Name(s): Percina sciera (Swain, 1883) (TSN 168475)
Unique Identifier: ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.872286
Element Code: AFCQC04260
Informal Taxonomy: Animals, Vertebrates - Fishes - Bony Fishes - Perches and Darters
 
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Craniata Actinopterygii Perciformes Percidae Percina
Genus Size: D - Medium to large genus (21+ species)
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Concept Reference: Robins, R. H. and L. M. Page. 2007. Taxonomic status of the Guadalupe Darter, Percina apristis (Teleostei: Percidae). Zootaxa 1618:51-60.
Concept Reference Code: A07ROB01NAUS
Name Used in Concept Reference: Percina sciera
Taxonomic Comments: The Guadalupe darter (Percina apristis) formerly was included in this species. Robins and Page (2007) recognized apristis as a distinct species.
Conservation Status
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NatureServe Status

Global Status: G5
Global Status Last Reviewed: 29Mar2012
Global Status Last Changed: 25Sep1996
Ranking Methodology Used: Ranked by inspection
Rounded Global Status: G5 - Secure
Nation: United States
National Status: N5 (05Dec1996)

U.S. & Canada State/Province Status
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United States Alabama (S5), Arkansas (S4), Georgia (S3), Illinois (S2S3), Indiana (S4), Kentucky (S4S5), Louisiana (S5), Mississippi (S5), Missouri (SNR), Ohio (S4), Oklahoma (S4), Tennessee (S5), Texas (S5), Virginia (S1S2), West Virginia (S3)

Other Statuses

IUCN Red List Category: LC - Least concern

NatureServe Global Conservation Status Factors

Range Extent Comments: Range includes the Mississippi River basin from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and West Virginia southwest to Louisiana; Gulf drainages from the Alabama River, Alabama, to the Colorado River, Texas; common, locally abundant (Robins and Page 2007, Page and Burr 2011).

Number of Occurrences:  
Number of Occurrences Comments: This species is represented by a large number of subpopulations and locations.

Population Size Comments: Total adult population size is unknown but relatively large.

Overall Threat Impact Comments: Localized threats may exist, but on a range-wide scale no major threats are known.

Short-term Trend Comments: Trend over the past 10 years or three generations is uncertain but likely relatively stable or slowly declining.

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Distribution
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Global Range: Range includes the Mississippi River basin from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and West Virginia southwest to Louisiana; Gulf drainages from the Alabama River, Alabama, to the Colorado River, Texas; common, locally abundant (Robins and Page 2007, Page and Burr 2011).

U.S. States and Canadian Provinces

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Endemism: endemic to a single nation

U.S. & Canada State/Province Distribution
United States AL, AR, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MO, MS, OH, OK, TN, TX, VA, WV

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U.S. Distribution by County Help
State County Name (FIPS Code)
GA Catoosa (13047), Dade (13083), Fannin (13111), Walker (13295), Whitfield (13313)
NC Buncombe (37021), Madison (37115)
VA Lee (51105)*, Russell (51167)*, Scott (51169)
WV Braxton (54007), Cabell (54011), Calhoun (54013), Gilmer (54021), Kanawha (54039), Lewis (54041), Lincoln (54043), Logan (54045)*, Marshall (54051), Mingo (54059)*, Ritchie (54085), Roane (54087), Wayne (54099)*, Wirt (54105), Wood (54107)
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
U.S. Distribution by Watershed Help
Watershed Region Help Watershed Name (Watershed Code)
05 Upper Ohio-Wheeling (05030106)+, Upper Ohio-Shade (05030202)+, Little Kanawha (05030203)+, Elk (05050007)+, Upper Guyandotte (05070101)+*, Lower Guyandotte (05070102)+, Tug (05070201)+*, Raccoon-Symmes (05090101)+, Twelvepole (05090102)+*
06 North Fork Holston (06010101)+, Upper French Broad (06010105)+, Upper Clinch (06010205)+, Powell (06010206)+*, Middle Tennessee-Chickamauga (06020001)+, Ocoee (06020003)+
+ Natural heritage record(s) exist for this watershed
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
Ecology & Life History
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Reproduction Comments: Spawns late May to early July in Illinois, January-May or early June in Texas (Hubbs 1985). Males sexually mature in 1 year if at least 50 mm SL, females in 1 year if at least 40 mm SL. Males live to maximum of 4+ years, females to 3+ years (Page 1983).
Habitat Type: Freshwater
Non-Migrant: N
Locally Migrant: N
Long Distance Migrant: N
Mobility and Migration Comments: Makes seasonal migrations between raceway and smaller tributary warm season habitat and deeper downstream winter habitat in Illinois (Page 1983).
Riverine Habitat(s): CREEK, Low gradient, MEDIUM RIVER, Moderate gradient, Pool, Riffle
Special Habitat Factors: Benthic
Habitat Comments: Fast runs and sometimes riffles of creeks and small to medium rivers of moderate to low gradient (if not highly turbid). Mostly over coarse clean gravel at depths of 20 cm or more in spring and early summer. Occurs also in or near aquatic vegetation if present, and in pools. Spawns probably over loose gravel at depth of 30-90 cm.
Adult Food Habits: Invertivore
Immature Food Habits: Invertivore
Food Comments: Eats mainly larval insects in riffles (Kuehne and Barbour 1983).
Length: 11 centimeters
Economic Attributes Not yet assessed
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Management Summary Not yet assessed
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Population/Occurrence Delineation
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Group Name: Darters

Use Class: Not applicable
Minimum Criteria for an Occurrence: Occurrences are based on evidence of historical presence, or current and likely recurring presence, at a given location. Such evidence minimally includes collection or reliable observation and documentation of one or more individuals (including eggs and larvae) in appropriate habitat.
Separation Barriers: Dam lacking a suitable fishway; high waterfall; upland habitat.
Separation Distance for Unsuitable Habitat: 10 km
Separation Distance for Suitable Habitat: 10 km
Separation Justification: Data on dispersal and other movements generally are not available. Though larvae of some species may drift with the current, Turner (2001) found no significant relationship between a larval transport index and gene flow among several different darter species.

Separation distances are arbitrary but reflect the likely low probability that two occupied locations separated by less than several kilometers of aquatic habitat would represent truly independent populations.

Because of the difficulty in defining suitable versus unsuitable habitat, especially with respect to dispersal, and to simplify the delineation of occurrences, a single separation distance is used regardless of habitat quality.

Occupied locations that are separated by a gap of 10 km or more of any aquatic habitat that is not known to be occupied generally represent different occurrences. However, it is important to evaluate seasonal changes in habitat to ensure that an occupied habitat occurrence for a particular population does not artificially separate spawning areas and nonspawning areas as different occurrences simply because there have been no collections/observations in an intervening area that may exceed the separation distance.

Date: 21Sep2004
Author: Hammerson, G.
Population/Occurrence Viability
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U.S. Invasive Species Impact Rank (I-Rank) Not yet assessed
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Authors/Contributors
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Element Ecology & Life History Edition Date: 08Oct1993
Element Ecology & Life History Author(s): Hammerson, G.

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