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Southeastern wildlife

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

  • A bright white flower emerges from a prickly cactus.
    Information icon Flowering higo chumbo (Harrisia portoricensis). Photo by Omar Monsegur, USFWS.

    Higo chumbo

    Higo chumbo is a columnar cactus currently found at three small offshore islands of western Puerto Rico; Mona, Monito and Desecheo. In addition, several individuals are known to occur at Caja de Muertos, an offshore island south of Puerto Rico.  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 translucent shrimp walking along a rocky surface under water
    Information icon A Kentucky cave shrimp. Photo by John MacGregor, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

    Kentucky cave shrimp

    The Kentucky cave shrimp is an endangered species found only in underground streams in and around Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky. It lacks eyes and has a translucent body.  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 close-up shot of a duck with a dark head and light blue beak
    Information icon Lesser scaup. Photo by Heath Hagy, USFWS.

    Lesser scaup

    The lesser scaup is a medium-bodied diving duck, meaning they feed by diving under the surface of deep water to find their food. Males have a dark emerald to black head and a mostly gray to white body. Females are mostly brown on their body and have a dark brown head with a white patch at the base of the bill. Scaup have evolved a bill structure perfect for catching invertebrates swimming in the water column.  Visit the species profile...

  • A brownish yellow mussel shell with white abrasions
    Information icon Photo by Monte McGregor, Center Mollusk Conservation, Kentucky DFWR.

    Littlewing pearlymussel

    The littlewing pearlymussel is a very small mussel found in cool-water streams in the Tennessee and Cumberland River basins in Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. It is protected as an endangered species.  Visit the species profile...

  • A Louisiana black bear standing in a grassy clearing
    Information icon Louisiana black bear. Credit: Pam McIlhenny, used with permission.

    Louisiana black bear

    The Louisiana black bear is the state mammal for Louisiana, and it is one of 16 subspecies of the American black bear. While the American black bear can be found across North America, the Louisiana black bear subspecies is only known to occur in Louisiana, East Texas and western Mississippi. Compared to other black bears, the Louisiana black bears skull is longer, narrower and flatter, with larger molar teeth.  Visit the species profile...

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