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The Hatcheries Barrens Topminnow project

Scientific name: Fundulus julisia

Rank: Species

Higher classification: Fundulus

The  Barrens topminnow is a species of freshwater fish in the Fundulidae  family, which is in need of management so that it may continue to and  increasingly survive in the wild. Wikipedia


 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.
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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