Erimystax cahni, Slender Chub
The slender chub is one of the rarest fishes in eastern North America and has the dubious distinction of having the smallest range of any North American minnow. Only a few specimens have been collected in the past 20 years. A single specimen was collected in 1995. Before that, several specimens were collected in 1987. The species was considered rare to moderately common in the Clinch and Powell rivers as recently as the early 1980s. Its precipitous decline is cause for concern that the species is in danger of extinction. Additional efforts to obtain specimens for captive propagation have so far proven unsuccessful. We will continue to search for this elusive, highly imperiled fish.