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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered oyster mussels (Epioblasma capsaeformis). These mussels and many others are in danger of extinction because of habitat loss due to 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 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 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 critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered oyster mussel (Epioblasma capsaeformis). 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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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 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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Goldstripe darter (Etheostoma parvipinne) at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center in Knoxville. This fish is not listed. Little is known about it.

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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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ESA002-00346

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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Aquariums containing many rare and endangered fish species at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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Flattened musk turtles (Sternotherus depressus) (IUCN: Vulnerable, US: Threatened) at the Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Flattened musk turtles (Sternotherus depressus) (IUCN: Vulnerable, US: Threatened) at the Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Flattened musk turtles (Sternotherus depressus) (IUCN: Vulnerable, US: Threatened) at the Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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A federally endangered maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) at the Sunset Zoo.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Edward’s pheasants (Lophura edwardsi) at the Sunset Zoo. The male has the color, while the hen is brown. This bird is so rare it’s now nearly gone in the wild. Zoos play a critical role as modern day arks, preserving species that would otherwise be lost to extinction.

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A near threatened red bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea rubra).

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A federally endangered woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou).

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A federally endangered woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou).

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A federally endangered woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou).

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A federally endangered woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou).

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