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Darters Perches and Relatives: Percoidei

Conservation Status

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) lists one species in Percoidei as Extinct, eight as Critically Endangered, eleven as Endangered, fifty-six as Vulnerable, one as Conservation Dependent, and twenty as Near Threatened. Extinct means no longer in existence. Critically Endangered means facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. Endangered means facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild. Vulnerable means facing a high risk of extinction in the wild. Conservation Dependent means if the conservation program were to end, the animal would be placed in one of the threatened categories. Near Threatened means at risk of becoming threatened with extinction in the future.


Ciguetera poison comes from a one-cell plant eaten by plankton, which is eaten by fish, which are eaten by other fish. The strength of the poison increases ten times every time it is taken in by a new animal. Humans who eat fish with ciguatera suffer nerve damage that can be fatal.

Aim Ready Fire

Archerfish can spit water up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) to knock insects into the water for a meal.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists thirteen species as Endangered and seven as Threatened. Endangered means in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. Threatened means likely to become endangered in the near future.

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Animal Life ResourceFish and Other Cold-Blooded VertebratesDarters Perches and Relatives: Percoidei - Physical Characteristics, Conservation Status, Largemouth Bass (micropterus Salmoides): Species Accounts, Common Dolphinfish (coryphaena Hippurus): Species Accounts - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, BEHAVIOR AND