Fisheries Program
Northeast Region
Roanoke logperch
Roanoke logperch

Roanoke logperch (Percina rex)

Life History

Roanoke logperch like warm, clear, low to moderate gradient rivers. They are often found in runs and riffles but can be found in pools. They spawn in April or May. They flip stones with their snout and eat the exposed bottom-dwelling insects.


Five populations exist seperately in the upper Roanoke, Pigg, Smith, Nottoway and Meherrin Rivers, VA.

Fun Facts

  • This species was listed as endangered on August 18, 1989.
  • They grow to 4.5 inches in length.
  • Roanoke logperch live 5-6 years.

More Information

Roanoke logperch recovery plan (pdf - 1.19MB)

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Last updated: December 16, 2011
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