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(ănhĭng`gə), common name for a very slender, black water bird very closely related to the cormorant. It frequents the wooded borders of freshwater lakes, rivers, and swamps in tropical and warm temperate regions—in America, from the SE United States to Cuba and Argentina; in Africa, S of the Sahara desert; in Asia, in the southern regions; and also in Australia and New Guinea. Darters (Anhinga anhinga) eat fish, crustaceans, reptiles, and insects, attacking their prey with rapierlike thrusts of their sharp beaks, whence the name darter. Another common name, snake-bird, describes the darter's habit of swimming with its body submerged and only the snakelike head and long, curved neck exposed. In the S United States darters are called water turkeys, for no apparent reason. They nest in small colonies with ibises and herons, building bulky nests lined with leaves. The helpless young are fed by regurgitation. Darters are strong fliers and migrate annually. They are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Pelecaniformes, family Anhingidae.


North American fish: see perchperch,
common name for some members of the family Percidae, symmetrical freshwater fishes of N Europe, Asia, and North America. The perches belong to the large order Perciformes (spiny-finned fishes) and are related to the sunfishes and the sea basses.
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Most fishes were identified, counted, and released upon completion of sampling at a site; at least one voucher specimen of each darter species was retained and deposited in the Illinois Natural History Survey Fish Collection, Champaign.
A common darter of the Ozark Upland drainages of the state, these 13 localities supplement previous sites in central and northern Arkansas (Robison & Buchanan 1988).
I first saw it flying out across the water and was struck by its vivid colour, different from the common darters which regularly emerge later in the summer," said Keith.
ABSTRACT--Discovered in 1973, the snail darter (percina tanasi Etnier) was extirpated from Little Tennessee River upon completion of Tellico Dam in 1979.
The Niangua darter (Etheostoma nianguae), a Missouri fish, became a threatened species in 1985 when reservoir construction blocked upstream movement and sent it into decline.
It's always been a very friendly church,'' said member Jean Darter.
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distribution centers this summer, said Bill Darter, Traffic Manager of the GSA's Federal Supply Service Office of Supply, Arlington, Va.