For 82 years, the Small Longhead darter was thought to be extinct in Ohio but has been rediscovered, government wildlife officials declared.
The last sighting of the Small Longhead darter was captured in the Buckeye State back in 1939. Although, they can be found in other locations. The Ohio Division of Wildlife declared that the fish was no longer extinct in the state after two of these beauties were captured in the Ohio River.
The Ohio Division Of Wildlife said, “Why are we so excited? This remarkable creature, native to Ohio, was thought to be extirpated from the state. That was until fish management crews captured two during Ohio River electrofish bass survey.”
“These were the first captures in Ohio since 1939 when Milton B. Trautman captured seven in the Walhonding River, a principal tributary of the Muskingum River in east-central Ohio.”
The Department of Environmental Conservation said the fish is “uncommon” and is considered “threatened in all states where it occurs.”