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Scientific name: Fundulus julisia
Size: To 3 in.
Range: Tennessee in headwaters of the Cumberland and Tennessee river systems
Habitat: Heavily vegetated spring pools
Diet: Aquatic invertebrates
Conservation status: Endangered
This unique fish is limited to 22 small spring seeps across 3 counties in east-central Tennessee. The Barrens topminnow has become threatened by introductions of invasive Mosquitofish, which out-compete and harass juvenile topminnows.
We are working with the following organizations to propagate juvenile fishes for recovery efforts. Aquarist Matt Hamilton leads the propagation effort for the Tennessee Aquarium and TNACI. Other partners include: