TN Fish On Endangered List

Small fish native to Tennessee and Kentucky are among five species being added to the federal endangered species list.

Among them are the Cumberland darter, found only above Cumberland Falls in Tennessee and Kentucky. The species was historically found in 21 streams in the upper Cumberland River system, but now survives in short stretches of less than one mile along a dozen streams.

Also being listed is the chucky madtom, a small catfish. Since 2000, only three examples of the species have been collected from one stream – Little Chucky Creek in northeastern Tennessee.

The laurel dace, found in only six streams on the Cumberland Plateau, is also being added.

The species’ listing becomes effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register on Tuesday.