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Southeastern Fishes

The species profiles below are a one-stop-shop for information about the fish that the Southeast region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 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.

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 biologist holding a yellow/brown fish on a river bank in front of a dam

Sicklefin redhorse

The sicklefin redhorse, a freshwater fish, can grow to 25 inches long. It has a sickle-shaped back fin that is olive-colored, sometimes partly red. Its body is also olive, with a coppery or brassy sheen; its lower fins are primarily dusky to dark, often tinted yellow or orange and pale edged; the tail fin is mostly red. Visit the species profile...

North Carolina Biologist with Sicklefin redhorse. Photo: Mark Cantrell, USFWS.

A small fish with bright blue fins and orange coloring on its back.

Trispot Darter

The trispot darter has three prominent black dorsal saddles, pale undersurface, and a dark bar below the eye. Scattered dark blotches exist on the fins rays. Visit the species profile...

Trispot darter. Photo by Pat O'Neil, Geological Survey of Alabama.

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