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A wild caught orangethroat darter (Etheostoma spectabile) in Missouri.

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A Northern ronquil (Ronquilus jordani) at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

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A Northern ronquil (Ronquilus jordani) at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

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Bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) swimming in the Bighorn Creek, in the Wigwam River drainage in British Columbia. This is one of the last, best places for spawning of the vulnerable (ICUN) and federally-threatened bull trout, and is part of the Kootenay River system, which sees an annual migration of bull trout from Lake Koocanusa, some fifty miles away. The fish prefer very cold water of 40 degrees or so in order to spawn, and the springs in this area provide that. Ram Creek flows into the Wigwam, and between the two of them they support some 5,000 bull trout.

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Moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) from the Toledo Zoo, Toldeo, Ohio.

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A Bifurcated cave amphipod (Stygobromus bifurcatus) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.
Originally from the Robertson Windmill Well, near Salado, Texas. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Ezell’s cave amphipod (Stygobromus flagellatus) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A Reddell’s caecidotea (Caecidotea reddelli) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. Originally from Hidden Springs 3, in Texas.

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Peck’s cave amphipod (Stygobromus pecki) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. Originally from the Comal Springs near New Braunfels, TX.
This species is endangered on the IUCN Red List.

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Mexican blindcat (Prietella phreatophila) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.
This species is endangered on the IUCN Red List as well as on the US Federal list.

This stygobitic catfish is known from about a dozen sites in Coahuila, Mexico and is listed as endangered in both Mexico and the United States. A single population (represented by this individual) was recently discovered in Val Verde County, Texas, after two decades of searching by cave biologists. The San Antonio Zoo Department of Conservation and Research (SAZ DOCR) maintains a captive colony of this species, including two individuals that have been in captivity for over twenty years. Members of the Blindcat Working Group (a multinational team of researchers) are exploring the geographic distribution and population genetics of this species using eDNA, Next Generation sequencing, and boots-on-the-ground field efforts.

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Mexican blindcat (Prietella phreatophila) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.
This species is endangered on the IUCN Red List as well as on the US Federal list.

This stygobitic catfish is known from about a dozen sites in Coahuila, Mexico and is listed as endangered in both Mexico and the United States. A single population (represented by this individual) was recently discovered in Val Verde County, Texas, after two decades of searching by cave biologists. The San Antonio Zoo Department of Conservation and Research (SAZ DOCR) maintains a captive colony of this species, including two individuals that have been in captivity for over twenty years. Members of the Blindcat Working Group (a multinational team of researchers) are exploring the geographic distribution and population genetics of this species using eDNA, Next Generation sequencing, and boots-on-the-ground field efforts.

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A Salado salamander (Eurycea chisholmensis) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A Salado salamander (Eurycea chisholmensis) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A Salado salamander (Eurycea chisholmensis) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A Salado salamander (Eurycea chisholmensis) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Western lesser siren (Siren intermedia nettingi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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Western lesser siren (Siren intermedia nettingi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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Western lesser siren (Siren intermedia nettingi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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Western lesser siren (Siren intermedia nettingi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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A rough-footed mud turtle (Kinosternon hirtipes murrayi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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A rough-footed mud turtle (Kinosternon hirtipes murrayi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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A rough-footed mud turtle (Kinosternon hirtipes murrayi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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A rough-footed mud turtle (Kinosternon hirtipes murrayi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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An ambiguous crayfish (Cambarus striatus cf) at the Fish Biodiversity Lab at Auburn University. This could be an undescribed species.

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An ambiguous crayfish (Cambarus striatus cf) at the Fish Biodiversity Lab at Auburn University. This could be an undescribed species.

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A sly crayfish (Procambarus versutus) at the Fish Biodiversity Lab at Auburn University.

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A sly crayfish (Procambarus versutus) at the Fish Biodiversity Lab at Auburn University.

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A blue ram cichlid (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi) at the Fish Biodiversity Lab at Auburn University.

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A blue ram cichlid (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi) at the Fish Biodiversity Lab at Auburn University.

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Banded sculpin (Cottus carolinae) at the Fish Biodiversity Lab at Auburn University.

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A banded sculpin (Cottus carolinae) at the Fish Biodiversity Lab at Auburn University.

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A red and blue phase powder blue gourami (Colisa lalia) at the Fish Biodiversity Lab, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

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A red and blue phase powder blue gourami (Colisa lalia) at the Fish Biodiversity Lab, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

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A red phase powder blue gourami (Colisa lalia) at the Fish Biodiversity Lab, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

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A critically endangered pygmy sculpin (Cottus paulus) at the Fish Biodiversity Lab, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

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