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A shiny pigtoe, Fusconaia cor, a critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered freshwater mussel.

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A federally endangered fine-rayed pigtoe (Fusconaia cuneolus) taken from the Clinch River near Sneedville. The Clinch River has more federally listed aquatic species than any river in North America, yet is threatened by pollution and habitat loss. Coal mining in the watershed now raises the threat even more.

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A federally endangered fine-rayed pigtoe (Fusconaia cuneolus) taken from the Clinch River near Sneedville. The Clinch River has more federally listed aquatic species than any river in North America, yet is threatened by pollution and habitat loss. Coal mining in the watershed now raises the threat even more.

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A federally endangered fine-rayed pigtoe (Fusconaia cuneolus) taken from the Clinch River near Sneedville. The Clinch River has more federally listed aquatic species than any river in North America, yet is threatened by pollution and habitat loss. Coal mining in the watershed now raises the threat even more.

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A rough rabbit’s foot, Quadrula cylindrica strigilatta

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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Cumberlandian combshell (Epioblasma brevidens) taken from the Clinch River near Sneedville. They have ball lures on top that are used to attract fish to come near. When a fish strikes at the lures, the freshwater mussels then eject their larvae into the fish’s gills and are able to increase their distribution.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered oyster mussel (Epioblasma capsaeformis) displaying its blue-white mantle. These mussels and many others are in danger of extinction because of habitat loss due to such as impoundments and pollution. Pollution from coal mining in the Clinch River watershed is of special concern. The fine sedimentation that comes downstream from the mines is thought to impede mussel survival.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Cumberlandian combshell (Epioblasma brevidens). It has lures that look like fish eggs on top that are used to attract fish. When a fish strikes at the lures, the mussels then eject their larvae into the fish’s gills and are able to increase their distribution, even upstream. The Clinch River has more federally listed aquatic species than any river in North America, yet it is threatened by pollution and habitat loss. Coal mining in the watershed now raises the threat even more.

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A pair of vulnerable (IUCN) ashy darters (Etheostoma cinereum), a very rare fish species with a shrinking range in TN and VA, at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center. This fish should be listed as endangered but hasn’t been due to lack of lack of funding and little survey work to determine just how imperiled it is.

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Portrait of a western sand darter (Ammocrypta clara). This is a very rare fish that should be listed federally but is not yet.

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Yellowfin madtoms (Noturus flavipinnis) a vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened species at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) Chuckey madtom (Noturus crypticus), one of only 14 specimens ever to be collected, at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center. This fish has not been listed due to lack of funding even though it is one of the rarest fish in North America.

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Yellowfin madtoms (Noturus flavipinnis) a vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened species at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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Barrens topminnow (Fundulus julisia) at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center. This species is endangered (IUCN). It is only found in the Barrens Plateau in middle Tennessee, making it one of the rarest fish in eastern North America.

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Spotfin chubs (Erimonax monachus) at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center. This species is federally listed as threatened.

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Slackwater darters (Etheostoma boschungi), an endangered (IUCN) federally threatened species, at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center. The male is colorful and much larger than the female.

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A female slackwater darter (Etheostoma boschungi), an endangered (IUCN) and federally threatened species, at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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Slackwater darters (Etheostoma boschungi), an endangered (IUCN) federally threatened species, at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center. The male is colorful and much larger than the female.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) citico darters (Etheostoma sitikuense) at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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Relict darter (Etheostoma chienense) a federally threatened species at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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The fin of a relict darter (Etheostoma chienense) a federally threatened species at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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Relict darters (Etheostoma chienense) a federally threatened species at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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Relict darters (Etheostoma chienense) a federally threatened species at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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Slackwater darters (Etheostoma boschungi), an endangered (IUCN) federally threatened species, at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center. The male is colorful and much larger than the female.

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Endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Cape Fear shiner (Notropis mekistocholas) at Conservation Fisheries.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) citico darter (Etheostoma sitikuense) at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered Boulder darter (Etheostoma wapiti) at Conservation Fisheries.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered boulder darters (Etheostoma wapiti) at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered Boulder darter (Etheostoma wapiti) at Conservation Fisheries.

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered slackwater darter (Etheostoma boschungi) at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered boulder darters (Etheostoma wapiti) at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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A federally endangered Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) at the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center.

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A federally endangered Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) at the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center.

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A federally endangered Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) at the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center.

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A federally endangered Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) at the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center.

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A federally endangered Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) at the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center.

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