Clean Water, New Fish

Main report: Clean Water, New Fish
(TVA aquatic biologists identify new fish species)
Other Reporting: ABC News Channel 9, TVA Today, AP, Knox News
Scientific Paper: Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History   
New Taxa: Percina apina
Common Name: Tennessee Logperch
Species named for: apina, in Greek, for things that are clean
Categories: Fish | New Species
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Aquatic biologist Jeff Simmons, who helped discover the fish, named it after the clean, clear waters where it lives, in the The Tennessee River system—the most biologically diverse in North America.  The mere existence of the Tennessee Logperch says something positive about the water quality in this part of the Tennessee Valley—it’s good.   Simmons and colleagues named the new species apina, which in Greek describes things that are clean, or without dirt, referring to the silt-free substrates that it requires.  The fish has been noted as far back as 1971, though it had been previously recognized as a population of another Logperch species.

The small fish plays a big role in the Tennessee Valley environment. “This is the only Logperch species endemic to Tennessee, and though you might not see it right away, there is a web of other species that are interconnected to it,” Simmons says. “Keeping our water clean, keeping this fish alive—this is our natural heritage. This is what we have to pass down to the next generation.”

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