|Flame Chubs on exhibit at the Tennessee Aquarium|
(Photo courtesy of Todd Stailey)
|Spring Creek, Simpson County, Kentucky|
|Stephanie Brandt & Dr. Matt Thomas (KDFWR)|
|Dr. Matt Thomas takes photographs |
of the Flame Chubs we collected
In January, I was able to meet Matt and Stephanie for another survey of the creek. We captured eleven fish that were transported back to TNACI for genetic analysis. Because this population is currently very isolated from others in this species, it’s especially important that we determine how much genetic variation they have. It’s always encouraging to find rare species in new locations, and we hope to learn more about what Flame Chubs need to thrive. In addition to the genetic analysis I have also begun studying how much Flame Chubs move from smaller springs and streams into larger creeks during different times of the year. Besides being beautifully colored, this species is interesting from a behavioral perspecitive as well.
|We got em'! Kathlina is so happy!|