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Freshwater Fauna

Candy Darter - Etheostoma osburni (photo credit: Noel Burkhead)
Candy Darter - Etheostoma osburni (photo credit: Noel Burkhead)

The Southeast has an astounding diversity of aquatic species, a rapidly growing human population, and increasing threats to aquatic habitats and biological resources. The Center has substantial expertise in the study and conservation of the southeastern aquatic fauna, including freshwater, anadromous, and estuarine fishes, unionid mussels, and the stream habitats where they occur. WARC-FL scientists are recruited regularly by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Defense, National Park Service, state agencies, and other clients to provide critical information necessary to assess the status of this diversity and support management actions. A growing database on distribution, abundance, and threats to survival is invaluable for successful conservation efforts.

Current Research

dot icon Imperiled Freshwater Organisms of North America
     dot icon Imperiled Fish
     dot icon Crayfish
     dot icon Snails new document icon

dot icon Extinct North American Freshwater Fishes

dot icon Suwannee River Gulf Sturgeon (YouTube video)

dot icon Okaloosa Darter Population Monitoring

dot icon Springflows and the Ecology of Karst Aquatic Communities

    Contact information:
    WARC-FL | Freshwater Fauna
    Gainesville Lab
    7920 NW 71st Street
    Gainesville, FL 32653
    Tel: 352-378-8181
    Fax: 352-378-4956

Gulf Sturgeon - Suwannee River, Florida


Holt, D.E., Jelks, H.L., and Jordan, F. 2013. Movement and longevity of imperiled Okaloosa Darters (Etheostoma okaloosae). Copeia 2013 (4): 653-659. [Journal Abstract]
Tuten, T, J.D. Austin, M.A. Barrett, J.S. Hargrove, H.L. Jelks, K.G. Johnson, and E.J. Nagid. 2013. Florida’s Southern Tessellated Darter: a rare case of a common fish. American Fisheries Society Genetics Section Newsletter 26(4): 2-5.
Sulak, K. J. Mudfish on the Menu? Rise of the Much-Maligned Bowfin. 2013. American Currents (quarterly journal, North American Native Fishes Association) 38(4), pp 23-28, Fall (October) 2013.
Burgess, O.T., W.E. Pine III, and S.J. Walsh. 2013. Importance of floodplain connectivity to fish populations in the Apalachicola River, Florida. River Research and Applications 29:718-733. [Journal Article]
Sulak, K. J. 2013. Catching Air - Those Magnificent Jumping Suwannee Sturgeons. American Currents (quarterly journal, North American Native Fishes Association) 38(2);23-25, Spring (April) 2013.
Johnson, P. D., A. E. Bogan, K. M. Brown, N. M. Burkhead, J. R. Cordeiro, J. T. Garner, P. D. Hartfield, D. A. W. Lepitzki, G. L. Mackie, E. Pip, T. A. Tarpley, J. S. Tiemann, N. V. Whelan, and E. E. Strong. 2013. Conservation Status of Freshwater Gastropods of Canada and the United States. Fisheries 38(6):247-282. [SESC Website]
dot icon Guidelines for Quality Assurance and Quality Control of Fish Taxonomic Data Collected as Part of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program
dot icon Conservation of Southeastern Mussels
dot icon Freshwater Macrofauna of Florida Karst Habitats
dot icon The Gulf Sturgeon in the Suwannee River - Questions and Answers
dot icon Gulf Sturgeon Facts
dot icon Preserving Gulf Sturgeon - A Fish Tale of Gargantuan Proportions
dot icon Quantitative assessment of benthic food resources for juvenile Gulf sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi in the Suwannee River estuary, Florida, USA
dot icon Yellow River Sturgeon Research
dot icon The Case of the Red Shiner: What Happens When a Fish Goes Bad?
dot icon Logperches: Masters of the Stone
dot icon Biographies of Southeastern Freshwater Fishes
dot icon Photo Galleries: Fish | Sturgeon | Mussels

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