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Habitat requirements of the Elk River crystal darter: field and laboratory studies


May 2004 - May 2008


The Elk River crystal darter was described as a new species in 2008, the diamond darter. This species is known to occur only in the Elk River, West Virginia. This study documented habitat availability for the diamond darter in the lower Elk River and documented habitat use in a laboratory study. These data were used by natural resource agencies for development of management plans for the species.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1949

Presentations: 4250



Funding Agencies

  • USFWS Region 5


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey