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This darter has a flattened abdomen appearing rather broad compared to other UK darters. The male is vividly bright scarlet and unmistakeable. The veins on the leading edges of the wings are also red.
The female and immature are yellow-brown with a conspicuous pale stripe along the top of the thorax, between the wings.
Found near shallow, still waters such as small pools, rice paddies and drainage channels.
Status & Distribution
Rare migrant from Southern Europe. First recorded in 1995.
Unlikely to be mistaken for any other species.