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A critically endangered Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus).

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Ouachita madtoms (Noturus lachneri) at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center in Knoxville. This is a rare stream fish that has a limited range in Arkansas and is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List, but it still isn’t listed under the ESA.

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A Department of Game and Fish employee checks on a federally endangered Socorro isopod (Thermosphaeroma thermophilum).

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A federally endangered Socorro isopod (Thermosphaeroma thermophilum). Considered extinct in the wild (IUCN).

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The razor-back musk turtle (Sternotherus carinatus) releases a foul-smelling secretion when threatened. This species is listed as least concern on the IUCN red list. From the Tennessee Aquarium.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered giant pangasius catfish (Pangasius sanitwongsei).

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Hands frame specimens of freshwater mussels belonging to the genus Epioblasma. The three in the very center are acornshells, last found alive in the 1970s. They are surrounded in the central box by catspaws, which are in rapid decline. The rest of the photo shows ten more Epioblasma species that are either extinct or nearly so.

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Endangered (IUCN) and federally threatened yellow-blotched map turtles (Graptemys flavimaculata).

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A federally endangered fanshell (Cyprogenia stegaria) taken from the Clinch River near Sneedville.

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Ouachita madtoms (Noturus lachneri) at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center in Knoxville. This is a rare stream fish that has a limited range in Arkansas and is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List, but it still isn’t listed under the ESA.

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The opening spread for the article “Silent Streams,” about endangered freshwater species, from the April, 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine, featuring Joel Sartore’s photograph of biologists searching for fish.

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Evergreen toads (Incilius coniferus or Bufo coniferus) at Zoo Atlanta.

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