Entry from US English dictionary
A small percoid freshwater fish of a type found in US rivers, now nearly extinct.
- Environmentalists have had considerable success in the courts, most memorably in 1978, when the Supreme Court blocked - temporarily - construction of the Tellico Dam in Tennessee to preserve a tiny fish, the snail darter.
- The general coloration of the snail darter is brown to brownish-gray with a trace of green above and mostly white below.
- Most people know only one darter, Percina tanasi, the snail darter. Etnier is the man who made the snail darter famous, discovering what was then a new fish to science in 1973, just upstream of the all-but-complete Tellico Dam, which was being built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
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Syllabification: snail dart·er
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