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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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Counts of Diamond Darters were summed across all transects at a site to get a total count during a sampling occasion.
Time and again, we caught rainbow darters as well, and on one effort, we caught a rather drab-looking fish.
This study contributes to the natural history of darters.
Rather, it is likely that the Crystal Darter persists at some unknown level in the Mississippi River along the Illinois border.
Mississippi's Pascagoula River drainage is home to the last known surviving populations of the pearl darter (Percina aurora), a small freshwater fish that measures just two-and-one-half inches long.
Filipino darters have consistently triumphed in the Malaysian competition, with Ronald Briones and Bruno Parungao prevailing in men's singles in 2010 and 2012, respectively.
These alga are generally confined to larger substrates (Hynes 1970) and may be a contributing reason why darters select riffles for their habitat.
Although studies have been conducted on microhabitats of fountain darters (Schenck and Whiteside, 1976; Linam et al.
A WELSH darter enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime sporting experience when he won the chance to pit his skills against world No.
The deep, low-end, clunk-clunk rattles in the bigger Darters can pull a pike from at least 200 feet.
Next Friday, March 19, the Sports Argus darters will be appearing at the West Bromwich WM Social Club (The Hayes), 36 Dudley Street, West Bromwich B70 9LS.
He recognised it as a red-veined darter, a rare visitor from southern Europe never previously recorded in the area.