Eastern Sand Darter

Eastern Sand Darter
Latin Name

Ammocrypta pellucida

Group Name


Taxonomy details


In Canada, this species has been found in Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair, and in the St. Lawrence River and Lac Champlain. Specimens are still found in Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair, and in a number of rivers in southwestern Ontario and Quebec. It prefers waters with sandy bottoms or limestone bottoms, whether clear or murky, still or swift.

Species Description

This small, slender fish has a long, translucent body that is not entirely covered in scales. Its colour is white, yellow or silvery, and its body is marked with dark spots along each side. Full-grown eastern sand darters range in length anywhere from 46 to 71 millimeters.