Southeastern Wildlife

The species profiles below are a one-stop-shop for information about the animals that the Southeast region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for protecting and/or recovering.

A lobster-shaped and colored crayfish with tinges of rust and blue.

Big Sandy Crayfish

The Big Sandy crayfish is a threatened freshwater crustacean found in streams and rivers in the Appalachian region. Visit the species profile...

Big Sandy crayfish. Photo by Zachary Loughman, West Liberty University.

A light purple salamander with dark spots and tufts above it's front legs.

Black Warrior waterdog

The Black Warrior waterdog is a large, aquatic, nocturnal salamander that permanently retains a larval form and external gills throughout its life. This species has been proposed for listing as Endangered and is only found in streams within the Black Warrior River Basin in Alabama. Visit the species profile...

Black Warrior waterdog. Photo by Joseph Jenkins, Alabama Natural Heritage Program.

A small, straw-yellow colored fish with brown markings

Cumberland Darter

The Cumberland darter is a small, straw-yellow colored fish with brown markings found in 14 streams in Kentucky and Tennessee. It is protected as an endangered species and is threatened primarily by water pollution. Visit the species profile...

Photo by Jeremy Shute, Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

A small black mussel with brownish yellow striations extends a small white appendage from its shell

Cumberland bean

The Cumberland bean is a small mussel found in Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. It is protected as an endangered species and can be found in river systems within the Cumberland River and Tennessee River drainages. Visit the species profile...

Cumberland bean juveniles reared at the Center for Mollusk Conservation in Frankfort, Kentucky. Photo by Monte McGregor, Center Mollusk Conservation, Kentucky DFWR.

Three brownish yellow mussels the smallest of which has a small white protrusion which the mussel uses to attach to a rock.

Fanshell

The fanshell is a green and yellow, medium sized mussel found in various rivers in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. It is protected as an endangered species. Visit the species profile...

Photo by Monte McGregor, Center Mollusk Conservation, Kentucky DFWR.

A Florida panther walking on a gravel road with a slash pine forest in the background

Florida Panther

The Florida panther is a subspecies of Puma concolor (also known as mountain lion, cougar, or puma) and represents the only known breeding population of puma in the eastern United States. It is protected as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Visit the species profile...

A Florida panther. Photo by Larry W. Richardson, USFWS.

A Florida manatee calf sticks close to its mother in shallow water

Florida manatee

Manatees are large, elongated marine mammals with paired flippers and a large round or spoon-shaped tail. They can reach lengths of over 14 feet and weights of over 3,000 pounds Visit the species profile...

A Florida manatee calf sticks close to its mother in shallow water. Photo: Keith Ramos, USFWS