Alabama's geography, climate, geologic history, and wealth of water and wetland resources make it one of the most biodiverse regions in the country. In particular, our state is known to have the greatest number of freshwater species of fish and mollusks in the United States. Cypress Creek reflects this diversity, as its habitats are host to a vast array of plants and animal species.

Cypress Creek has been identified as a Strategic Habitat Unit by biologists based upon the numerous and rare aquatic species present within it. With high diversity and endemism, the potential for species declines exists, making appropriate care and management of this resource imperative to conserving it for how we use the creek and its inhabiting species (Ray et al. 2021).

To learn about some of the common species of Cypress Creek, explore the categories below:

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