New darter named from Missouri

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American ichthyologists John Switzer and Robert Wood have described a new species of darter from the Meramec River drainage in Missouri.

Naming the new species the Meramec Saddled Darter (Etheostoma erythrozonum) in a recent issue of the journal Zootaxa, the authors assign it to the subgenus Poecilichthys and distinguish it from other members of the subgenus by the presence of 4 dark saddles on back and upper sides, scales on breast, the absence of blue on the body, and prominent red-orange blotches on the body.

This speies is named for the red-orange stripe and blotches on the body (Greek erythros=red and zona=girdle).

For more information, see the paper: Switzer, JF and RM Wood (2009) Etheostoma erythrozonum, a new species of darter (Teleostei: Percidae) from the Meramec River drainage, Missouri. Zootaxa 2095, pp. 1"7.