Etheostoma serrifer | Sawcheek Darter

The Sawcheek Darter was collected by CFI while doing surveys out in the swamps around Lake Waccamaw in 1998 and 1999.  Given that CFI doesn't often get the opportunity to work in coastal plains areas, we brought a few Sawcheek Darters back to see what we could learn about the life history of the species. Turns out this little darter was easy to spawn, and very similar to the Swamp Darter and Cypress Darter found here in Tennessee (Etheostoma fusiforme and E. proeliare).  Spawning took place in early spring on vegetation.