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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 brownish peach colored frog with big round eyes
    A female frog on a tree branch. Photo by JP Zegarra, USFWS.

    Puerto Rican rock frog or coquí guajón

    The Puerto Rican rock frog is known by several names: Puerto Rican cave frog, guajón, and the Puerto Rican demon. It is found exclusively in southeastern Puerto Rico.  Visit the species profile...

  • The bright purple interior of two purple cat’s paw mussels on a leaf strewn bank
    Information icon Purple cat’s paw mussels. Photo by USFWS.

    Purple cat’s paw

    The Purple cat’s paw is one of the rarest freshwater mussels and was considered to be on the brink of extinction. It was listed as endangered in 1990 when some live adults were found but were too old to reproduce.  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...

  • An adult wolf wearing a transmitter collar.
    Information icon A collared red wolf in the wild in North Carolina. Photo © John Troth, used with permission.

    Red wolf

    Once common throughout the Eastern and South Central United States, red wolf populations were decimated by the early 20th century as a result of intensive predator control programs and the degradation and alteration of the species’ habitat. When the red wolf was designated endangered in 1967, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiated efforts to conserve and recover the species.  Visit the species profile...

  • A small bird in hand with white patches on its wing and a red patch behind its eye
    Information icon A male red-cockaded woodpecker showing off the red feathers behind its head called a cockade. Photo © Robert B. Clontz, The Nautre Conservancy.

    Red-cockaded woodpecker

    Taxon: Bird Range: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia Status: Listed as endangered on October 13, 1970 Related content Sep 25, 2020 | 11 minute read Faq Proposed downlisting of the red-cockaded woodpecker from endangered to threatened Sep 25, 2020 | 13 minute read News Trump Administration proposes downlisting of red-cockaded woodpecker under Endangered Species Act Jun 9, 2020 | 7 minute read Articles History, both natural and human, lives in Georgia coastal preserve Feb 14, 2020 | 3 minute read Articles South Carolina Partners for Fish and Wildlife restore red-cockaded woodpecker habitat Jan 13, 2020 | 9 minute read Articles Woodpecker swap meet Dec 11, 2019 | 8 minute read Articles What the world used to look like Dec 5, 2019 | 5 minute read Articles An investment in wildlife Sep 16, 2019 | 13 minute read Articles Hurricane Hugo and the woodpeckers: the silver lining of a monster storm Aug 27, 2019 | 7 minute read Articles Joining forces Apr 24, 2019 | 4 minute read Articles Coastal Headwaters project in Florida is a major step for longleaf pine restoration Nov 29, 2018 | 6 minute read Articles After Hurricane Michael Nov 21, 2018 | 3 minute read Articles Test flight for red-cockaded woodpeckers Nov 13, 2018 | 3 minute read Articles Endangered woodpecker is baseball’s newest mascot Oct 22, 2018 | 6 minute read Articles Survivors of the storm Oct 17, 2018 | 5 minute read Articles Service makes headway in Hurricane Michael repairs Aug 3, 2018 | 7 minute read News U.  Visit the species profile...

  • A grey and black duck with a rusty orange colored head
    Information icon A redhead duck. Photo by Clayton Ferrell, USFWS.


    Redheads are large diving ducks that feed by diving below the water’s surface looking for plant tubers and other foods. This species often occurs in large flocks, called rafts, especially during winter. This duck is known for its rounded, bright red head, two tone bill, and gray back. Conservation status Low concern. Although this species is hunted, harvest is tightly restricted as there are concerns over the potential effects of harvest on population sustainability.  Visit the species profile...

  • A photograph of the outside and inside of a ring pink shell next to a ruler for scale.  Shell is approximately 3 inches wide.
    Information icon Ring pink. Photo by Leroy Koch, USFWS.

    Ring pink

    The orangefoot pimpleback is a mussel found in Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee rivers.  Visit the species profile...

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