Iowa DNR
River & Stream Biological Monitoring
Fish and Benthic Macroinvertebrate Surveys
Physical Habitat Assessments

Banded Darter Etheostoma zonale

Percidae (Perches)
Trophic Class
Benthic Invertivore
Is Exotic to Iowa?
Is Lithophilous Spawner?
Is Hybrid?
State Listing Status
Not Listed
Assessment Program Statistics

This species was found at 113 bioassessment sites, 0 rapid fish bioassessment sites, 56 fisheries assessment sites, and 2 fisheries presence-only assessment sites. In total, it was collected at 165 distinct sites, or 11.3% of the 1459 total sites monitored by the bioassessment program. It is the 40th most commonly collected species.

The Banded Darter was collected in 274 bioassessment sampling sessions and 210 fisheries assessment sessions. It was present in 0 rapid bioassessment sessions and 2 presence-only sessions.

The biological assessment program has collected a total of 8,982 individual Banded Darter specimens, ranking it the #33 most collected fish.

Species Characteristics

A moderate sized darter reaching about 2.5-inches long. Its back and upper sides are mottled olive-brown with 6-7 small dark brown cross bars, and its sides are covered with dark green bars with a yellow-white belly. It has a dusky bar under the eye and another extending forward from the eye onto the snout. It has 12 dorsal fin rays, 9 anal fin rays, and 45 to 48 scales along its lateral line, which is complete. The cheeks are scaled.

Species Distribution Maps

HUC12 watersheds where this species has been found