Where to See
|Status & Distribution
Abundant across the British Isles. Less common in upland areas of Scotland and northern England.
Ponds and other still, stagnant or even brackish waters are used, and they are frequently found at small garden ponds.
They are frequently found away from water, resting on the tops of plants in woodland rides.
Darters have a squat, spider-like body-shape and a head that tapers back to the thorax.
Very similar to Ruddy Darter but has longer lateral abdominal spines on segment 9 (S9 lateral spines slightly longer than the length of S9).
Similar appearance to other Darter species, particularly Ruddy Darter
Common Darter can be distinguished by its: