Fishes of Little Rose Creek
An interactive coloring book produced as a partnership between NANFA and Little Rose Nature School
Below you can find full-color pictures of all the fishes (and others) in the paper version of the coloring book, and maybe an interesting fact or two about them as well.


The blackbanded darter is one of the most common darters across Georgia.  They often occur in and around woody debris in the stream (male in the back, female in the front).
A male turquoise darter in full breeding colors.  These micro-predators thrive in fast riffles with high oxygen and high water quality.



The striped jumprock is a native sucker that lives over sandy substrate which they sift through to find small food items.

Thee bluehead chub is a 'river architect'.  The male (top) creates a large nest by collecting and piling stones in the current.  Females (below) lay eggs on the nest, which is also used by several other fish species.

A scene from Little Rose Creek

Bluegill sunfish inhabit slower waters out of the main fflow of the current. They are a cmmon and hardy pecies that are often fihes for by small children.
There are all sizes off creek chubs found in Little Rose Creek.  Juveniles such as the one shown are only a few inches long, but the adults can be up to a foot long.
The yellow bullhead can be recognized by the pale lower barbels on his chin. Often thought to be a scavanger, he is actually a nocturnal hunter using his barbels to detect prey.
This is the larval form of the salamandar.  During this phase of their life, they live fully in the water and have external gills on the side of their heads.  The salamandar uses these to 'breath', getting oxygen out of the water.

The redfin pickerel is shaped like a torpedo. As an ambush predator, he waits very still in backwater areas until he propels forward with one burst of speed to capture his prey.
The alabama hogsucker has a unique tube-shaped mouth that it uses to suck up sandy substrate. But it is not eating the sand. Instead it is filtering the sand through its gill rackers, which hold on to any small food item and let the sand fall out.
One fo the most common crayfish in Georgia, the white tuberculed crayfish can be quickly identified by the white bumps on the claws in larger individuals, but also by the orange-red spots on each section of the tail.
The redbreast sunfish is sometimes called the 'river robin' with his colors reminding some of the robins above the water and he is more often found in teh current than other sunfishes.