Recovery Strategies

Recovery Strategy for the Eastern Sand Darter (Ammocrypta pellucida) in Canada, Quebec populations

The eastern sand darter is a small, translucent freshwater fish of a yellowish or silvery shade with a series of 10-14 lateral dark spots. The global distribution of the eastern sand darter consists of two disjunct areas and is limited to North America. The species was designated as “threatened” and listed under Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act in June 2003. After the last assessment by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) in 2009, the Canadian populations of the eastern sand darter were divided into two separate units, both designated as "threatened": 1) Quebec populations (the unit subject to this recovery strategy); and 2) Ontario populations (DFO, 2012). In Quebec, the eastern sand darter is found in the St. Lawrence River and its tributaries between Lac des Deux Montagnes and Leclercville, downstream from Lake St. Pierre.

Consultation period: 2013-12-13 to 2014-02-27


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SARA Directorate
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
200 Kent St.
Ottawa, ON
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