New York Natural Heritage Program
Eastern Sand Darter
Ammocrypta pellucida (Agassiz, 1863)
Ray-finned Fishes
Family: perches and darters (Percidae)

State Protection: Threatened
A native species likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future in New York (includes any species listed as federally Threatened by the United States). It is illegal to take, import, transport, possess, or sell an animal listed as Threatened, or its parts, without a permit from NYSDEC. 1) Any native species likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future in New York. 2) Any species listed as threatened by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S2
A State Rarity Rank of S2 means: Typically 6 to 20 occurrences, few remaining individuals, acres, or miles of stream, or factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable in New York State.

Global Rarity Rank: G4
A Global Rarity Rank of G4 means: Apparently secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
The extremely long and slender body shape of the eastern sand darter make it the most distinctive darter in New York (Smith 1985).

State Ranking Justification [-]
The number of extant occurrences now stands at between 6 and 13 depending upon whether some rivers are combined and whether the Lake Erie sites are combined. The newly discovered populations in the Lake Champlain canal, Halfway Creek, and the Oswegatchie, St. Regis, Deer, and Grass Rivers appear to be large; the Poultney and Mettawee populations appear to be stable. The Salmon and Little Salmon populations cover a longer extent than previously believed and the Lake Erie population(s) appear to be sizeable, with new populations in Stillwater and Conewango Creeks in Chautaqua County. All in all, a change from "S1" to "S2" seems warranted at this time (Carlson 2005, 2006; Bureau of Fisheries, New York Department of Environmental Conservation 2008; New York Natural Heritage Program 2008).

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