A New Species of Logperch (Percina apina) is Discovered in the Tennessee Valley


It seems that everywhere we look there is discouraging news regarding the state of our global environment, so it is refreshing when we hear something positive in the field of science.  In October, The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced its discovery of a new species of Logperch (Percina apina) in the Tennessee River. What is even more encouraging is that this species, who feeds on aquatic insects that hide out under stones along the creek bed, is an indication of good water quality in the area. The TVA’s work and discovery highlights the importance of regular, thorough field research in the maintenance or restoration of healthy ecosystems.

Click here for the full article (which will also direct you to a link to the peer-reviewed research paper introducing the species).

About Peter Larson

I'm a recovering academic, current high school biology/zoology teacher, blogger, and science geek with diverse interests (and experience) in the areas of zoology, anatomy, evolutionary biology, developmental biology, and exercise science. I made the fairly unusual jump from higher ed (10 years, including tenure, as a college biology professor) to teaching high school biology at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy in Northwood, NH. In addition to being a dedicated teacher, I'm also an avid distance runner - I write about running at Runblogger.com. You can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google+.