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snail darter,

a small, rare fish, Percina tanasi, discovered by a zoologist who was snorkeling in the Little Tennessee River upstream from the projected Tellico Dam. Dam opponents fought successfully to include the darter on the Endangered Species List in 1975 (see endangered speciesendangered species,
any plant or animal species whose ability to survive and reproduce has been jeopardized by human activities. In 1999 the U.S. government, in accordance with the U.S.
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), and the dam was halted. In 1978, the Supreme Court sided with environmentalists, but Congress declared the fish nonendangered and the Tellico was built. Snail darters 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 Actinopterygii, order Perciformes, family Percidae.
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A report on the status of the endangered snail darter, Percina tanasi.
Murchison reveals that the snail darter case was just one part of a long struggle over whether the TVA should build the Tellico Dam.
To round out the comedy, a few years later the snail darter was found to flourish in several other nearby streams, so allowing Tellico did not finish it off after all.
The $100,000,000 Tellico Dam project in Tennessee was halted indefinitely when the Supreme Court ruled that the snail darter, a rare species of perch, was protected by the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and that construction of the dam threatened its extinction.
After the snail darter swam onto the scene and threatened to stop a massive water project, discussions about the Endangered Species Act went from far-sighted to myopic.
It's one thing for a snail darter to hold up construction of a dam, another for an owl or salmon to alter an already established infrastructure-the Pacific Northwest's logging industry, in the owl's case.
And how environmentalists--at the highest level, not the college student next door who has no idea of what is being done in the name of being "green" --consider mankind to be an alien life form on the planet, while protection of the snail darter is to be accomplished at any cost.
A little common sense in the application of some of these might help, but apparently common sense has joined the snail darter on the Endangered List.
The smallest: a two-inch snail darter, an endangered species in Tennessee.
1979 In September, Congress passes an appropriations bill that includes an exemption for the Tellico Dam project, flooding critical habitat of the snail darter.
The chapter about the environment begins with, yes, the snail darter.