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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, straw-yellow colored fish with brown markings
    Information icon Photo by Jeremy Shute, Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

    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...

  • An illustration of two cutthroat trout underwater in a rocky environment.
    Information icon Cutthroat trout illustration by Timothy Knepp, USFWS.

    Cutthroat trout

    Taxon: Freshwater fish Range: Cutthroat trout are native to the Western United States; introduced in the Southeast. Status: Not listed under the Endangered Species Act, but several subspecies are considered threatened in their native ranges. Cutthroat trout are freshwater fish in the family Salmonidae, as are rainbow trout. Although inhabiting clear, cold streams in their native range in western North America, this species is becoming a popular sport fish stocked below federal water projects in the Southeast.  Visit the species profile...

  • A small fish with tan and brown markings blending into the pebble substrate.
    Information icon Frecklebelly madtom. Photo by USFWS.

    Frecklebelly madtom

    The frecklebelly madtom is a small catfish that inhabits channels and tributaries of medium to large river systems in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.  Visit the species profile...

  • A small, brightly colored orange and blue fish in an aquarium.
    Information icon Photo by J.R. Shute, Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

    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...

  • A prehistoric looking fish with spines down its back and sides.
    Information icon Lake sturgeon. Photo by USFWS.

    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...

  • A colorful trout in hand with a smiling angler in the background.
    Beautiful rainbow trout. Photo by Cale Bruckner, CC BY-NC 2.0.

    Rainbow trout

    Rainbow trout are a North American game fish that get their name from the beautiful colors that shine on their skin. Coloration of the fish varies widely in relationship to sex, habitat, and maturity.  Visit the species profile...

  • A small fish with swimming above rocky substrate. Fish is striped tail to snout brown, black and white.
    Information icon Sickle darter; Photo by Crystal Ruble, Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

    Sickle darter

    The sickle darter is a small fish native to the upper Tennessee River drainage in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.  Visit the species profile...

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