Endangered Species: Roanoke Logperch

A Christiansburg Elementary Project
Submitted by Nikki
Christiansburg Elementary School, Christiansburg, U.S.A.

Roanoke Logperch

Photography courtesy of Virginia's Endangered Species

logperch art
Original artwork by Nikki
 
Why Study This Topic? What Was Already Known Search for Information Description of Plant or Animal Habitat Requirements
Adaptations Reasons for Endangerment Restoration Actions What Was Learned Conclusions from Research

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.

Description

&nbspThe 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.

&nbspThe 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 . 
 

Habitat Requirements

  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.

Adaptations

  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.

Restoration Actions

  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.

Bibliography

  Terwilliger, Karen.1991. "Virginia's Endangered Species" pp. 395-397, 785-788.

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