Pearl Darter Now Considered A Threatened Species

MISSISSIPPI (Ben Caxton) — Federal authorities have designated a 2-1/2-inch-long fish once found in Louisiana and Mississippi as a threatened species. The pearl darter is named for the Pearl River but is no longer found there or in any of its tributaries. The US Fish and Wildlife Service says the fish is threatened by pollution from erosion, wastewater plants and factories and a catastrophic pollution spill or poor genetic diversity also threatens the darter’s survival. Populations of pearl darters are found along the Pascagoula River system in southeast Mississippi.



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