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Edward Drinker Cope discovered the Roanoke bass in 1868. He named it Ambloplites cavifrons and published his findings in the Journal of the Academy of Science. Because the fish is not widely found and is restricted to a handful of small rivers, it has gone unstudied for the past 140 years. North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission biologists Corey Oakley and Brian McRae are engaged in a five-year study of the Roanoke bass that will end in 2008. The study seeks to learn population sizes in the rivers, how the populations are faring, and what needs to be done to protect the fish.
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