Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: West Virginia
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

West Virginia Project

Habitat requirements of the Elk River crystal darter: field and laboratory studies

May 2004 - May 2008


Participating Agencies

  • USFWS Region 5

The Elk River crystal darter was described as a new species in 2008, the diamond darter. This species is known to occur only in the Elk River, West Virginia. This study documented habitat availability for the diamond darter in the lower Elk River and documented habitat use in a laboratory study. These data were used by natural resource agencies for development of management plans for the species.