New York Natural Heritage Program
Bluebreast Darter
Etheostoma camurum (Cope, 1870)
Ray-finned Fishes

Habitat [-]
Bluebreast darters are habitat specialists that occupy medium to large-sized rivers with swift-flowing water. They tend to prefer faster water velocities than several other darter species (Stauffer et al. 2016). The preferred substrate includes large stones and coarse to fine gravel. Large boulders and rocks provide protection from predators. Adults move upstream from deeper water to riffles to spawn.

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Confined river
    The aquatic community of relatively large, fast flowing sections of streams with a moderate to gentle gradient.