Blotchside Logperch
Percina burtoni
About This Fish

The Blotchside Logperch is currently found in the middle and upper Tennessee River System in Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. Populations in the Cumberland River Drainage, in Tennessee and Kentucky, are thought to be extirpated. As the common name suggests, Blotchside Logperches have a series of dark blotches along their sides. As with other members of the logperch group, Blotchside Logperches have a pointed snout that they use to flip over rocks for feeding.


Jett, R.T. 2010. Underwater observation and habitat utilization of three rare darters (Etheostoma cinereum, Percina burtoni, and Percina williamsi) in the Little River, Blount County, Tennessee. Master's Thesis. University of Tennessee.

George, A.L., D.A. Neely, and R.L. Mayden. 2006. Conservation genetics of an imperiled riverine fish from eastern North America, the Blotchside Logperch, Percina burtoni (Teleostei: Percidae). Copeia 2006:585-594.[585:CGOAIR]2.0.CO;2

Leftwich, K.N. 1994. Habitat models for predicting the occurrence of blotchside logperch (Percina burtoni) and tangerine darters (P. aurantiaca) in the North Fork Holston River and Little River, Virginia. Doctoral dissertation, Virginia Tech.