The ‘Alabama Cavefish’
Discovered in 1967, it is believed to be the rarest freshwater fish in the US, and the rarest of 170 known cavefish species. 100 fish are known to exist within only five pools of water.
This cave fish, only found in incredibly small numbers in Northwestern Alabama in Key Cave, lives beneath bats where it thrives on small crustaceans that eat the bat guano. As bat populations battle White Nose syndrome, these fish are affected as well.
The fish is considered so unusual that a new genus, Speoplatyrhinus, was created to designate it. Tag someone who would love to know about this fish! Be proud of your ecology! Share its story!