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Variegate Darter-Whitewater River, SW Ohio I was a little late to this part of the state to catch this species in full spawning coloration. The fish depicted is a typical male you can expect to see throughout most of the warmer parts of the year Etheostoma variatum Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Variegate Darter-Whitewater River, SW Ohio

I was a little late to this part of the state to catch this species in full spawning coloration. The fish depicted is a typical male you can expect to see throughout most of the warmer parts of the year

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  1. I never put much thought into this, but do fish come "into season", similar to birds, once per year? Posted 8 months ago
    1. Many species do yes! Everything from darters to Cyprinids undergo seasonal changes and get into "spawning mode." Spring and summer are great times to see lots of color in the fish world! In some species, it's not just the males but the females that also color up(Central Mudminnows are a good example). Posted 8 months ago, modified 8 months ago
      1. Interesting and thanks for explaining. I will not waste more of your time during peak season then ;) Posted 8 months ago
        1. Haha no worries at all! The biggest reason I share these photos is because I want people to learn about them! Posted 8 months ago
  2. Oh and not to forget...epic capture! Posted 8 months ago
  3. The colors are amazing. Posted 8 months ago

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''Etheostoma variatum'' is a species of darter. It is native to the eastern United States where it occurs primarily in the Ohio River basin; it is present in the states of Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky with a small population in Virginia. It is a large darter, growing to 10 cm long, orange-red with black vertical barring on its body, and horizontal barring on its front dorsal fin. Its typical habitat is swift-flowing riffles with rubble, boulder and gravel... more

Similar species: Perch-like Fishes
Species identified by Zach Alley
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By Zach Alley

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Uploaded Apr 10, 2019. Captured Apr 9, 2019 01:46.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T5
  • f/9.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO100
  • 60mm