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An endangered adult Carolina madtom (Noturus furiosus) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee. Collected in Neuse River in North Carolina. This is one of just two fish collected in this place in the past 8 years, so biologists fear that the species may soon be extinct in this river in the near future. It persists in one other river system, the Tar River in North Carolina.

This fish depends on lots of mussels to survive; empty mussel shells provide them with both cover and nesting habitat. Mussels are also not doing well in these places, which hurts this fish. Factory farms and introduced flathead catfish are leading to their demise as well.

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An endangered adult Carolina madtom (Noturus furiosus) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee. Collected in Neuse River in North Carolina. This is one of just two fish collected in this place in the past 8 years, so biologists fear that the species may soon be extinct in this river in the near future. It persists in one other river system, the Tar River in North Carolina.

This fish depends on lots of mussels to survive; empty mussel shells provide them with both cover and nesting habitat. Mussels are also not doing well in these places, which hurts this fish. Factory farms and introduced flathead catfish are leading to their demise as well.

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A broadstriped shiner (Pteronotropis euryzonus) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A broadstriped shiner (Pteronotropis euryzonus) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A metalic shiner (Pteronotropis metallicus) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A metallic shiner (Pteronotropis metallicus) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Flagfin shiner (Pteronotropis signipinnis) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Flagfin shiner (Pteronotropis signipinnis) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Two sailfin shiners (Pteronotropis hypselopterus) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Sailfin shiner (Pteronotropis hypselopterus) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A scarlet shiner (Lythrurus fasciolaris) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A scarlet shiner (Lythrurus fasciolaris) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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An undescribed species of Lake Phalen rainbow darter (Etheostoma cf. caeruleum) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee. Unlike other rainbow darters, this population is notably distinct for it’s smaller adult size, different shade of blue, and it’s presence in a lake rather than streams. They spawn on several hundred feet of exposed rock in an urban lake in St. Paul, MN, surrounded by large residential homes.

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An undescribed species of Lake Phalen rainbow darter (Etheostoma cf. caeruleum) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee. Unlike other rainbow darters, this population is notably distinct for it’s smaller adult size, different shade of blue, and it’s presence in a lake rather than streams. They spawn on several hundred feet of exposed rock in an urban lake in St. Paul, MN, surrounded by large residential homes.

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A citico darter (Etheostoma sitikuense) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A citico darter (Etheostoma sitikuense) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee. This species is listed as vulnerable by IUCN.

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A duskytail darter (Etheostoma percnurum) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A federally endangered duskytail darter (Etheostoma percnurum) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A cherry darter (Etheostoma etnieri) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A cherry darter (Etheostoma etnieri) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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An endangered whitefin or whiteseam fighting fish (Betta albimarginata) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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An endangered whitefin or whiteseam fighting fish (Betta albimarginata) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A bluehead chub (Nocomis leptocephalus) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A bluehead chub (Nocomis leptocephalus) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A bluehead chub (Nocomis leptocephalus) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A black-spotted topminnow (Fundulus olivaceus) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A black-spotted topminnow (Fundulus olivaceus) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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An Eastern mudminnow, Umbra pygmaea) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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An Eastern mudminnow, Umbra pygmaea) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Lined topminnows (Fundulus lineolatus) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee. The male has vertical banding.

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Lined topminnows (Fundulus lineolatus) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee. The male has vertical banding.

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A mangrove killifish (Kryptolebias marmoratus) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A mangrove killifish (Kryptolebias marmoratus) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A Gulf Coast pygmy sunfish (Elassoma gilberti) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A Gulf Coast pygmy sunfish (Elassoma gilberti) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A blackbanded sunfish (Enneacanthus chaetodon) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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