Temperature selection and critical thermal maxima of the fantail darter, Etheostoma flabellare, and johnny darter, E. nigrum, related to habitat and season

  • Christopher G. Ingersoll
  • Dennis L. Claussen
Part of the Developments in environmental biology of fishes book series (DEBF, volume 4)


Riffle dwelling fantail darters (Etheostoma flabellare) selected lower temperatures in winter (19.3° C) compared to pool dwelling johnny darters (E. nigrum; 22.0° C). A similar trend was evident in summer tests (fantail darters, 20.3° C; johnny darters, 22.9° C). Summer tested animals selected higher temperatures than winter tested animals maintained at the same acclimation temperature and photoperiod. When tested together in the same gradient, both species appeared not to thermoregulate, but tended to avoid each other. Critical thermal maxima (CTMax) did not differ between seasons for either species (fantail darters, 31.1° C winter, 31.3°C summer; johnny darters, 30.9° C winter, 30.5°C summer). Differences in the thermal responses of these darters correlated with differences in their respective habitats.


Temperature preference Temperature tolerance Seasonal effects CTMax Fishes Etheostomatini 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher G. Ingersoll
    • 1
  • Dennis L. Claussen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyMiami UniversityOxfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of Zoology and PhysiologyUniversity of WyomingLaramieUSA

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