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Southeastern fishes

The species profiles below are a one-stop-shop for information about the fish the Service's Southeast region is responsible for protecting and/or recovering.

  • A small fish with dark stripes on a yellow tinged back and white belly.

    Blackfin sucker

    A small fish averaging about five and a half inches in length, the blackfin sucker has a body patterned with two dark, brownish-black horizontal lines below the lateral line (a faint line of sense organs extending from the gill cover to the tail) and six or seven additional lines in the back and the side of the body, with intervening olive-gold stripes. Visit the species profile...

    Blackfin sucker. Photo by Matthew Thomas, KDFWR.

  • A colorful green/brown and red trout covered in small red spots.

    Brook trout

    The brook trout is a fish native to the eastern United States, and is often referred to as speckled trout, spotted trout, brookie, and squaretail. “Brookies” are considered an indicator species, because they help indicate the health or overall quality of the waters they inhabit. Visit the species profile...

    A wildlife biologist holds a small eastern brook trout. Photo by Steve Droter, Chesapeake Bay Program.

  • About a dozen small fish in a container ready for release

    Cape Fear shiner

    The Cape Fear shiner is a freshwater fish in the minnow family found in the central part of North Carolina, in the Upper Cape Fear River Basin. Visit the species profile...

    Cape Fear shiners. Photo by NCWRC.

  • A small catfish swimming above rocky substrate.

    Carolina madtom

    The Carolina madtom is a small catfish, reaching a maximum length of nearly five inches and can be found in riffles, runs, and pools in medium to large streams and rivers. Ideally, it inhabits fresh waters with continuous, year-round flow and moderate gradient in both the Piedmont and Coastal Plain physiographic regions. Visit the species profile...

    Carolina madtom. Photo by D Biggins, former USFWS.

  • 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, brightly colored orange and blue fish in an aquarium.

    Kentucky arrow darter

    The Kentucky arrow darter is a small fish found only in Kentucky. It is currently protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Visit the species profile...

    Photo by J.R. Shute, Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

  • A prehistoric looking fish with spines down its back and sides.

    Lake sturgeon

    Taxon: Freshwater Fish Range: Freshwater systems of North America from the Hudson Bay through the Mississippi River drainages Status: Not listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Lake sturgeon is listed as threatened at the state level in 19 of the 20 states it inhabits. Lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) is a temperate fish occurring in freshwater systems of North America from the Hudson Bay through the Mississippi River drainages. Visit the species profile...

    Lake sturgeon. Photo by USFWS.

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