Why are we so excited? This striking creature, native to Ohio, was thought to be extirpated from the state… that is until fish management crews captured two this fall during Ohio River electrofishing bass surveys.
These were the first captures in Ohio since 1939 when Milton B. Trautman captured 7 in the Walhonding River, a principal tributary of the Muskingum River in east-central Ohio.
What does “extirpated” mean? The term refers to species that are locally extinct but not gone completely from the planet. Fortunately for the longhead darter and for those of us concerned, this species is not extirpated in the Buckeye State.
Increase your understanding of the fascinating underwater world that lies beneath the surface of Ohio’s myriad of creeks and rivers. Peruse the Stream Fishes of Ohio field guide for more info: http://ow.ly/FEHl50HoBMa