Percina aurora | Pearl Darter

The Pearl Darter is known only from the Pearl and Pascagoula River systems in Mississippi and Louisiana (not known from Alabama). Conservation Fisheries has kept individuals collected from the Pascagoula River (2002—2008) and even had some early spawning from Pearl Darters in 2002, 2004 and 2008 however, we have never had sufficient numbers of fish of the appropriate sex to achieve significant production. We have, however, successfully propagated the closely related Channel Darter, P. copelandi, and believed if provided with enough fish, we could successfully do the same with the Pearl Darters. The primary objectives are to develop efficient propagation protocols with an eye toward possible population augmentation in the future.