Fountain darter (Etheostoma fonticola)

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Listing Status:   

Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND

General Information

The fountain darters is among the smallest of the darters. Adults generally range from 19 to 30 mm total length. It is known only from the Comal Springs - River system in New Braunfels and the San Marcos Springs - River system in San Marcos, Texas.

  • States/US Territories in which the Fountain darter, Entire is known to or is believed to occur:  Texas
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Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
10/13/1970 Southwest Region (Region 2) Entire

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
07/02/2013 78 FR 39628 39631 Critical Habitat Map for the Fountain Darter
10/13/1970 35 FR 16047 16048 Appendix D - United States List of Endangered Native Fish and Wildlife; 35 FR 16047 16048
03/20/2008 73 FR 14995 14997 5-Year Reviews of 28 Southwestern Species
08/25/1970 35 FR 13519 13520 Notice of Proposed Rule Making (Conservation of Endangered Species and Other Fish or Wildlife)
03/19/1980 45 FR 17888 17891 ETWP; Proposal of Critical Habitat for Four Species in Texas
07/14/1980 45 FR 47355 47364 ETWP; Listing of the San Marcos Salamander as Threatened, the San Marcos Gambusia as Endangered, and the Listing of Critical Habitat for Texas Wild Rice, San Marcos Salamander, Sam Marcos Gambusia and Fountain Darter
02/15/2013 78 FR 11218 11220 Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision on the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program Habitat Conservation Plan for Incidental Take of 11 Species (8 Federally Listed) in 8 Texas Counties

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
02/14/1996 San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan View Implementation Progress Final Revision 1
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
03/20/2008 73 FR 14995 14997 5-Year Reviews of 28 Southwestern Species
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation

» Critical Habitat

Date Citation Page Title Document Type Status
07/14/1980 45 FR 47355 47364 ETWP; Listing of the San Marcos Salamander as Threatened, the San Marcos Gambusia as Endangered, and the Listing of Critical Habitat for Texas Wild Rice, San Marcos Salamander, Sam Marcos Gambusia and Fountain Darter Final Rule Final designated
03/19/1980 45 FR 17888 17891 ETWP; Proposal of Critical Habitat for Four Species in Texas Proposed Rule Not Required

To learn more about critical habitat please see http://ecos.fws.gov/crithab

» Conservation Plans

Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) (learn more)
HCP Plan Summaries
Edwards Aquifer Authority Recovery Implementation Program / EARIP

» Petitions

» Life History

Habitat Requirements

Fountain darters are known primarily from spring dominated aquatic habitats dominated by submergent macrophytes and algal mats. Eggs are attached singly to low dense vegetation, typically filamentous algae (Rhizoclonium sp.), creeping primrose-willow (Ludwigia repens)and in the upper San Marcos River on Hydrilla verticillata (Phillips et al 2011, Transactions of AFS).

Food Habits

Fountain darters prey on small microcrustaeans, shifting to slightly larger prey as they grow.

Movement / Home Range

Fountain darters have high site fidelity, moving on average ( SD) 10 17 m during 1 year period (Dammeyer et al 2013 Transactions AFS 142:1049-1057)

Reproductive Strategy

Eggs are attached to submergent macrophytes and algae. Swim-up fry are about 4 to 5 mm. Fountain darters mature in about 8 to 12 months, when they attain about 18 - 20 mm total length. Reproduction is year round but productivity appears to be higher in the April - September period.

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