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Get a peek behind the scenes of the Aquarium’s Husbandry department. Read their weekly animal updates and get an insider’s look at caring for over 10,000 animals and plants.

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Barrens Topminnow

Fundulus julisia

ON EXHIBIT:  Tennessee River Gallery in Ocean Journey

Barrens Topminnow

FUN FACTS

These attractive minnows swim near the surface of the water feeding on tiny insects such as mosquito larvae.  They spawn by scattering their eggs into heavily vegetated areas.  The aquarium mimics these spawning grounds by adding yarn mops for the fish to hide and spawn in.  These can be seen in the Barrens topminnow breeding lab in the Tennessee River gallery.


CONSERVATION
The barrens topminnow teeters on the brink of extinction. It is found in three locations in Middle Tennessee. The Tennessee Aquarium is involved in a captive breeding and reintroduction project to help save this species.


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BarrensTopminnow
Photo by TennAquarium

About This Animal

SIZE: 4 in (10.2 cm)

RANGE: Found only on the Barrens Plateau of middle Tennessee

HABITAT: Springs, pools and slow current areas of spring-fed streams

DIET:  Aquatic insects and freshwater plankton


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