Notropis mekistocholas | Cape Fear Shiner

This federally endangered Cape Fear Shiner was collected from Deep River just below mouth of Rocky River, Chatham County, NC. This species has not been actively propagated at CFI since thousands were produced for toxicity studies from 1997-1999, but a small ark population has been maintained, from which eggs are occasionally collected or young are observed to recruit within their 70-gallon holding tank. At the start of 2009 the population consisted of 11 adults and 17 young spawned in 2008. No juveniles were added to the population from 2009 spawning and attrition resulted in a population of 19 adults by the end of the year. In 2012 the population dwindled to under 12 individuals.  Efforts in 2013 definitely need to be made to collect larvae from this group if we are going to keep maintaining them.