snail darter

snail darter
Etheostomoid E`the*os"to*moid, a. [NL. etheostoma name of a genus + -oid.] (Zo["o]l.) Pertaining to, or like, the genus {Etheostoma}. -- n. Any fish of the genus {Etheostoma} and related genera, allied to the perches; -- also called {darter}. The etheostomoids are small and often bright-colored fishes inhabiting the fresh waters of North America. About seventy species are known, including the rare {snail darter} ({Percina tanasi}), 3 inches long, found only in the Tennessee River and classified as a {threatened species}. See {Darter}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • snail darter — ☆ snail darter n. a very small freshwater fish (Percina tanasi) of the perch family: now nearly extinct …   English World dictionary

  • Snail darter — Taxobox name = Snail darter status = VU status system = iucn2.3 image width = 250 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Perciformes familia = Percidae genus = Percina species = P. tanasi binomial = Percina tanasi… …   Wikipedia

  • snail darter — snail′ dart er n. ich a tan, striped, snail eating perch, Percina tanasi, 3 in. (7.5 cm) long, found only in the Tennessee River • Etymology: 1970–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • snail darter — a tan, striped, snail eating perch, Percina tanasi, 3 in. (7.5 cm) long, occurring only in the Tennessee River: a threatened species. [1970 75] * * * Rare species (Percina tanasi) of darter that originally was found only in the Little Tennessee… …   Universalium

  • snail darter — noun Date: 1975 a darter (Percina tanasi) of the Tennessee River drainage system of eastern Tennessee and northern Georgia …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • snail darter — noun a small snail eating perch of the Tennessee River • Syn: ↑Percina tanasi • Hypernyms: ↑perch • Member Holonyms: ↑Percina, ↑genus Percina …   Useful english dictionary

  • Snail darter controversy — The snail darter controversy involved the delay of the construction of the Tellico Dam on the Little Tennessee River in 1973. On August 12 1973, University of Tennessee biologist and professor David Etnier discovered the snail darter in the… …   Wikipedia

  • Snail (disambiguation) — Snail may refer to:Animals;Gastropoda *Snail, one of almost all members of the molluscan class Gastropoda which have coiled shells *Cone snail or cone shell (family Conidae), one of the predatory marine snails found in coral reefs *Snail racing,… …   Wikipedia

  • darter — /dahr teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that darts or moves swiftly. 2. anhinga. 3. any of several small, darting, freshwater fishes of the perch family, inhabiting streams of eastern North America. [1555 65; DART + ER1] * * * Any of about 100… …   Universalium

  • Darter (fish) — Darters Leopard darter, Percina pantherina Scientific classification Kingdom: Animal …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”