This video of Percina rex in the wild was taken from the Nottoway River, a relatively pristine tannin-stained river that forms the headwaters of the Chowan drainage system. The Nottoway is exceptionally rich in species of fishes and quite beautiful as well. The footage is of a single, large adult Percina rex in its natural habitat and was one of four different Roanoke logperch of three size classes seen at this location.
The Roanoke logperch Percina rex is one of Virginia’s largest and rarest darter species; currently listed as Federally Threatened and Endangered since 1989. Thanks to the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Virginia Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries we have been fortunate enough to display several of these beautiful creatures here at the VLM. Our P. rex population, housed in the Mountain Stream Exhibit has been thriving and has displayed natural mating behaviors on several occasions – a sign of healthy animals in an appropriate environment. They are excellent display animals because they are large – for this type of fish – colorful, and remain in the open for the guests (and staff) to see and enjoy. But due to such small numbers in the wild, only researches, biologists, and lucky darter nerds get to see them in their native habitat.