Freshwater fish diversity in the Southeast is unrivaled in the Temperate World. Our streambeds harbor many species of freshwater fish, mussels, salamanders, crayfish, and aquatic insects, many of which aren't found anywhere else. 

 

At Conservation Fisheries we are most proud of the region's freshwater fish diversity, which includes more than 400 species (that's more than half of the species found in all of the United States and Canada). Many of them are threatened or imperiled.

 

PINNACLE OF AQUATIC BIODIVERSITY

SOUTHERN APPALACHIA

 

D I S C O V E R  CHARISMATIC CREATURES OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS

SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BROOK TROUT(Salvelinus fontinalis)

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All images © Todd Amacker unless noted otherwise

BLUE RIDGE TWO-LINED SALAMANDER(Eurycea wilderae)

AQUATIC MACROINVERTEBRATES(Stoneflies, 'water pennies', and crane flies)

NON-GAME FRESHWATER FISH(Darters, madtoms, and dace)

FISH IMAGES: Joel Sartore

FRESHWATER MUSSELS(Spikes, heelsplitters, and pigtoes)

TERRESTRIAL BEAUTIES(Wildflowers, moths, and fireflies)