|Endangered Species: Roanoke Logperch
A Christiansburg Elementary Project
Submitted by Nikki
Christiansburg Elementary School, Christiansburg, U.S.A.
Photography courtesy of Virginia's Endangered Species
|Original artwork by Nikki
Why Study This Topic?
I am researching the Roanoke Logperch. Does my fish
have a scientific name? I hope it does. I want to know if it has a scientific
name because it might be interesting. Another reason why is because a lot
of people don't know the Roanoke Logperch's scientific name.
What Was Already Known
Before researching my fish, I did not know a lot about
it. I knew one thing and that was it lives in Roanoke, or it would not
be called the Roanoke Logperch.
Search for Information
I researched in three different places. The first
place I got information was from my teacher. She gave me six pages of information,
and I needed every bit of that information. Another place I researched
was not successful. It was in the World Book Encyclopedia. I looked under
the letters R, F. and L in the encyclopedia. The last place I looked was
Groliers '95. I looked up many things there, but I could not find anything
on my topic. I had enough information to do my report and that was good.
The Roanoke Logperch is round with vertical blotches.
The fins on this fish usually have patterns on them. The snout is usually
moderately long. The male is 103 mm in length . The female is 90 mm in
size . Their size could have increased or decreased in 14 years.
The color of the first dorsal fin is either a
black or a dusky black. Their second dorsal fin is a strong black. The
caudal fins are also a strong black. Their pelvic fin is either pale or
tessellated. The male is never strong black. The female is usually a dusky
color. That is the color of the Roanoke Logperch .
In all of the information I have, it does not tell
what they eat. The kind of water the Roanoke Logperch lives in is fresh
water. I knew this because they mostly live in counties. Some of those
counties are Roanoke, Salem, Boones Mill, and Martinsville. Keep in mind
that they live in many different places.
The Roanoke Logperch does not have much camouflage.
The one protection that it has is its vertical lines. It helps them blend
in with the seaweed. That is the only camouflage it has to protect it.
The Roanoke Logperch does not seem to have any special features. One thing
that could be counted is that it has huge eyes. It has two kinds of enemies.
Those are humans and bigger fish. Humans are its biggest enemy.
Reasons for Endangerment
It is a short story of how the Roanoke Logperch's
population declined. It has to do mostly with pollution . What happened
was its population was lessened, and the State of Virginia said that 18
different species of the Logperch would be counted as endangered. That
is how the Roanoke Logperch was counted as endangered species.
One action taken was that the State of Virginia called
the Roanoke Logperch endangered. That was the only action I could find.
Along with that action, it meant people could not fish for a lot of that
species. I think that there should be more actions taken. I think there
should be a law saying that people should not be allowed to fish for darter
species. That is a action that could be taken.
What Was Learned
I learned many things about this fish. Before I started,
I did not even know it existed. One thing I wanted to find out is if the
Roanoke Logperch has a scientific name. It does! Its scientific name is
Percina Rex. All the information I have in my report contain things that
I have learned, so as you can see I have learned a lot.
Conclusions From Research
Other people, plus myself, can get great information
off my report. I am glad that I did this report because now people can
look at this and get information they never knew about this endangered
fish. It gave me benefits too such as confidence. It gave me many other
benefits. That is my report on the Roanoke Logperch.
Terwilliger, Karen.1991. "Virginia's Endangered
Species" pp. 395-397, 785-788.
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