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Response Statement - Eastern Sand Darter, Quebec populations

This species prefers sand bottom areas of lakes and streams in which it burrows. There is continuing decline in the already small and fragmented populations; three (of 18) have probably been extirpated, and the fate of five others is unknown due to lack of recent sampling.  The extent of occurrence of this species in Québec is approximately two-thirds of what it was in the 1970s, despite records at five new sites in two locations.  There is continuing habitat loss and degradation from historic and ongoing urban and agricultural development, stream channelization and competition with invasive alien species.

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