Striped fantail darters, Etheostoma flabellare lineolatum, were maintained in small aerated aquaria and fed tubificid worms. Darters over 1inch long established and defended territories usually no larger than a nook under rocks. Darters, over 2 inches long, selected covers open on both sides, but medium-sized darters selected smaller, more secluded covers. Dominance in selection of territory was associated with size, although established darters might maintain their covers against larger newcomers. Stone bottom was selected over pebble and pebble over sand. Pigmentation seemed to show an effect in habitat selection.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Seifert, Melvin F.
"Some Aspects of Territorial Behavior of the Fantail Darter,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 70(1), 224-227.
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