Etheostoma percnurum | Duskytail Darter

Since the splitting of the Duskytail Darter complex by Blanton and Jenkins (2008), the original Duskytail Darter, Etheostoma percnurum, is now confined to Copper Creek in southwestern Virginia. Since 2017 Conservation Fisheries has been propagating the Duskytail Darter and stocking them into the Clinch River in hopes of expanding their range. Monitoring efforts in Copper Creek over the past 15 years have been documenting a steady decline due to habitat degradation. We are hoping that our propagation efforts help give this fish a strong hold outside of Copper Creek.