artwork by Howard Friedman
Johnny Darter lives in streams and occasionally in ponds with sand or mud bottoms. In the streams that are also inhabited by Tessellated Darter, the two have some separation by Johnny being more upstream and in areas with gravel or rocky bottoms. It inhabits ten watersheds to the west and north, and is nonnative to a small area in only one of the Atlantic slope watersheds, Chemung. It is widespread in western NY and somewhat widespread in lowland streams along the northern border. There are more frequent catches in recent times in many streams, and this is partially caused by advantages of modern sampling gear.