Roanoke logperch (Percina rex)
Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND
The Roanoke logperch is a large darter, growing to about 6 inches long. It has a bulbous snout, lateral blotches, back is scrawled, and most fins are strongly patterned. First dorsal fin has an orange band, particularly vivid in mature males. It can be found in larger streams in the upper Roanoke, Smith, Pigg, Otter, Nottoway river systems, and Goose Creek in Virginia and in the Dan, Mayo, Smith river sytems and Big Beaver Island Creek in North Carolina. They prefer large sized warm clear streams and riffles, runs and pools with sand, gravel or boulder.
- States/US Territories in which the Roanoke logperch, Entire is known to or is believed to occur: North Carolina , Virginia
- US Counties in which the Roanoke logperch, Entire is known to or is believed to occur: View All
|Status||Date Listed||Lead Region||Where Listed|
|08/18/1989||Northeast Region (Region 5)||Entire|
» Federal Register Documents
|Date||Title||Plan Action Status||Plan Status|
|03/20/1992||Roanoke Logperch||View Implementation Progress||Final|
|09/19/2007||Roanoke Logperch 5-Year Review|
» Critical Habitat
No critical habitat rules have been published for the Roanoke logperch.
» Conservation Plans
No conservation plans have been created for Roanoke logperch.
» Life History
The logperch typically inhabits medium-to-large, warm, usually clear streams and small rivers of moderate to low gradient. Adults usually inhabit the main body of stream pools, runs, and riffles and select areas with exposed, silt free gravel substrate. In the Roanoke and Pigg Rivers, adults were found primarily in runs and riffles. In the Nottoway River, adults were found primarily in pools. Young are usually found in slow runs and pools with clean sandy bottoms.
Logperch actively feed during the warmer months by flipping over stones with their snout and ingesting the exposed prey that consists of botton-dwelling insects.
Spawning occurs in April or May in deep runs over gravel and small cobble and logperch typically bury their eggs with no subsequent parental care. This species commonly lives five to six years.
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