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Endangered and Threatened Fishes Return to Home Waters in Tennessee

Five federally endangered and threatened fish species – smoky madtom, yellowfin madtom, duskytail darter, spotfin chub, and boulder darter – have been reintroduced to streams ... Read More

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Rare Tennessee Plant Rebounds

A bead of sweat dripped down the temple of Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) biologist Geoff Call as he stood on the edge of the cedar barren—a shadeless area with ... Read More

Featured Species in Tennessee

Purple bean , photo credit:   Ken Bouc, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

Purple bean

The purple bean and rough rabbitsfoot currently surviving in only a few river reaches in the upper Tennessee River system in Tennessee and Virginia.     More »

 

Purple bean

Photo credit: Ken Bouc, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

Tennessee purple coneflower , Photo credit: ©Steven J. Baskauf, Ph.D

Tennessee purple coneflower

More than three decades of conservation and protection have paid off well for the Tennessee purple coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis), a distinctive plant once in danger of extinction. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will recognize the wildflower's recovery by removing it from the national list of threatened and endangered species.

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Tennessee purple coneflower

Photo credit: ©Steven J. Baskauf, Ph.D

Pallid sturgeon , photo credit:  Ken Bouc, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

Pallid sturgeon

Pallid sturgeon are slow growing fish that feed primarily on small fish and immature aquatic insects. This species of sturgeon is seldom seen and is one of the least understood fish in the Missouri and Mississippi River drainages.     More »

 

Pallid sturgeon

Photo credit: Ken Bouc, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

Partnership Stories in Tennessee

Searching for the Spruce-Fir Moss Spider in the Smoky Mountains

Searching for the Spruce-Fir Moss Spider in the Smoky Mountains

The spruce-fir moss spider is one of the smallest members of the primitive suborder of spiders popularly referred to as "tarantulas." The spruce-fir moss spider only lives on the highest mountain peaks in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. More »

Unique to Tennessee

  • Nashville crayfish, Photo credit: Tim Merritt, USFWS

    The Nashville crayfish (Orconectes shoupi) only lives in the Mill Creek Basin in Davidson and Williamson Counties. Since it is has such a restricted range, it is highly vulnerable to a single catastrophic event, such as a spill. Other threats include water quality degradation, channel modifications and competition with other crayfish species.

    Photo credit: Tim Merritt, USFWS

  • Spring Creek bladderpods , Photo credit: Geoff Call, USFWS

    Spring Creek bladderpods (Lesquerella perforata) are small annual flowers that grow on flood plains in Wilson County. Habitat alteration; residential, commercial, or industrial development; livestock grazing; conversion of its limited habitat to pasture; and habitat encroachment by woody vegetation and herbaceous perennials are its biggest threat.

    Photo credit: Geoff Call, USFWS

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Last updated: July 22, 2013