Etheostoma serrifer, Sawcheek darter
This interesting little darter was collected by CFI while doing surveys out in the swamps around Lake Waccamaw in 1998 and 1999. Given that CFI doesn't often get the opportunity to work in coastal plains areas, we brought a few sawcheek darters back to see what we could learn about the life history of the species. Turns out this little darter was easy to spawn, and very similar to the swamp darter and cypress darter found here in Tennessee (Etheostoma fusiforme and Etheostoma proeliare). Spawning took place in early spring on vegetation. Unfortunately we never got a picture of the fish we have to share, but there are links that can show you what this fish looks like.