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Scientific name: Percina burtoni
Size: To 6 in.
Range: Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia in the Tennessee river system. Formerly found in Kentucky and Tennessee in the Cumberland river system.
Habitat: Moderate current in cool, clear streams and rivers with rocky bottoms
Diet: Aquatic invertebrates
Conservation status: Special Concern
Logperch are a fun species to observe in streams because they feed by flipping rocks and eating the invertebrates they find underneath. Our study of the Blotchside Logperch, a rare darter from the Tennessee River drainage, showed that genetic variation in this species is closely correlated with geography. Studies such as these help us understand how best to minimize anthropogenic impacts, such as fragmentation of populations due to damming and impoundments.
George, A. L., D. A. Neely, and R. L. Mayden. 2006. Conservation genetics of an imperiled fish from eastern North America, the Blotchside Logperch, Percina burtoni (Teleostei: Percidae). Copeia 2006: 585-594.