TVA biologist, Yale professor find new fish found only in Tennessee

TVA biologist, Yale professor find new fish found only in Tennessee

November 27th, 2017 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Local Regional News

A Tennessee Logperch is identified by the round splotches on the sides of its body. (Photo: Tennessee Valley Authority)

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Behold the Tennessee Logperch.

The fish, a darter, can grow to be 6 inches long. It has flattened little splotches on its flanks. That the splotches are flattened is important; those are what first led TVA aquatic biologist Jeff Simmons and Yale professor Tom Near to suspect they had discovered a new fish.

Simmons explains that finding a new species of fish in the 21st century is more a matter of closely observing what is before our eyes than coming upon a lost island that holds two-headed dragons.

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