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|Status & Distribution
Common across most of England apart from the south-west and the far north, although its distribution is expanding. Southerly and easterly distribution in Wales. The species reached Scotland in 2003 and has been found at a few southerly sites.
Specialises in well vegetated ponds, lakes, canals etc.
Frequently in woodlands.
Will tolerate acidic waters.
Darters have a squat, spider-like body-shape and a head that tapers back to the thorax.
Very similar to Common Darter but has shorter lateral abdominal spines on segment 9 (S9 lateral spines slightly shorter than the length of S9).
May be confused with other Darter species, the most common other species being the Common Darter.
Ruddy Darter can be distinguished by: