Etheostoma parvipinne | Goldstripe Darter

The Goldstripe Darters are spring seep dwellers that spawn in vegetation during the late winter months.  Their range is spotty, but extends thoughout the southeast. When CFI went to collect brood stock we had just about given up until we randomly decided to sample what looked to be a roadside spring seep, there were dozens hanging out in grassy vegetation!

 

In 2005 CFI spawned the Goldstripe Darter as a surrogate for the Rush Darter, Etheostoma phytophilum. Our success producing over 200 of these helped us in our pursuit to work with the Rush Darter!