Elassoma boehlkei, Carolina pygmy sunfish
This tiny jewel of a fish is restricted to a few isolated populations in the Waccamaw and Santee drainages or North and South Carolina. Our involvement with this species comes from surveys we conducted in Lake Waccamaw and the Waccamaw River. Specimens were collected from Juniper Creek. Spawning is relatively easily accomplished. At some point, it may be necessary to propagate this species for restoration into sites where it has been extirpated.
CFI collected these guys in 2001. CFI developed breeding protocols for them and housed them for 5 years. They are gorgeous little fish closely related to the spring pygmy sunfish.