Little Tennessee Native Fish Conservation Area

The Fish

Profiles of fish in the Little Tennessee River basin

    Lake Sturgeon

    Lake Sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens

    Background Information

    Lake sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens, are a temperate fish occurring in freshwater systems of North America from the Hudson Bay through the Mississippi River drainages. This sturgeon prefers sand or gravel habitat on the bottom on a riverbed or lake.

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    Sicklefin Redhorse in the Little T.

    Sicklefin Redhorse, Moxostoma sp.

    Although the sicklefin redhorse is now known to have been collected in 1937 (based upon preserved specimens collected at the then un-impounded mouth of Forney Creek near its confluence with the Tuckasegee River), it was not recognized as a distinct species until 1992,

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