Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- new North American fish list
From: Joshua L. Wiegert (JLW-in-dune.net)
Date: Sun Aug 08 2004 - 13:42:58 CDT
Amazing work. I'm sure it took a long time to put that together! Its
sobering to see all the red ink marking threatened, endangered, and extinct
species. Just a touch of critique on it, though: Would you consider
adding in some #Anchors to the HTML code to make browsing it a little bit
easier ? Secondly, you may want to indicate that the
endangered/threatened/etc. status applies only to federal listings. A
number of those fishes are protected by state law, listed as protected in
virtually their entire range, but denied federal protection.
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Due to budget cuts, the light-in-the end of the tunnel has been discontinued. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=--=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ----- Original Message ----- From: "Christopher Scharpf" <ichthos-in-comcast.net> To: "NANFA e-mail list" <nanfa-l-in-nanfa.org> Sent: Sunday, August 08, 2004 1:03 PM Subject: NANFA-L-- new North American fish list
> Surprisingly, there is no comprehensive and taxonomically up-to-date list of > native North American freshwater fish species on the web. To remedy this > situation, I've compiled the following list: > > http://www.nanfa.org/members/Scharpf/NANFA_Checklist.html > > You'll notice that in addition to species, the list contains subspecies and > undescribed forms. The list also includes whether the species is extinct, or > is protected by the U.S., Canadian, or Mexican governments. > > The list is provisional, subject to peer review, and to some extent > subjective: it is based on my review of the literature and reflects a > synthesis of major systematic, taxonomic, and distributional works. The > list, of course, is subject to change, and change it will -- especially when > the American Fisheries Society list of all North American fish species > (freshwater and marine) and other works (e.g., the Fishes of Mexico book) > are published later this year. As new species are described and names are > changed, the list will be updated to reflect the change (note the revision > date-in-the beginning of the list). > > A few introductory comments: > > * With several exceptions, the fishes included on the list are obligatory > freshwater fishes. The exceptions are marine or brackish water species that > are naturally capable of spawning in fresh water, and, in some cases, > maintain exclusively freshwater populations. Examples include bay anchovy > (Anchoa mitchilli), mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus), starry flounder > (Platichthys stellatus), and various pipefishes, sleepers, gobies, and > soles. > > * North America is herein defined not as the entire continent, but as the > Nearctic zoogeographic realm. The Nearctic Realm includes the entire > continental landmass, including Greenland, Alaska, Canada, the lower 48 > states, and Mexico south to the where the Mexican plateau breaks down into > the lowlands of Central America. Specifically, this includes land north of > 18N on the Atlantic slope, and 16N on the Pacific slope of Mexico; the > imaginary line drawn between these two latitudinal points corresponds > roughly to the southern range limit of chiefly northern fishes such as > minnows and suckers, and the northern range limit of the chiefly southern > catfish family Heptateridae. This is not a discrete boundary, but a broad > transition zone where the continental plates of North and South America > began pushing against each around three million years ago (or later). Areas > below this line, including extreme southern (tropical) Mexico, are in the > Neotropical Realm. So, too, are the Greater Antilles. Even though Cuba is > just 150 km off the coast of Florida, and Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of > the United States, they're both giant peaks of a vast underwater mountain > range that's part of South America. Fishes from Hawaii are also excluded in > that they hail from the Oceania Realm. > > * The list does not include exotic species, although it probably should, and > they will be added-in-a later date. > > A fully annotated version of the "NANFA" list is being prepared as a > multi-installment article for American Currents. > > If you have any questions about the list, or any comments or corrections, > either email me off list -- ichthos-in-comcast dot net -- or discuss them > here. > > Thanks, > > Chris Scharpf > NANFA HQ > > > "Protecting species is the same intrinsic gesture as preserving the original > documents and constitutions of an entire civilization, or the love letters > of grandparents." > -- Craig Childs, The Secret Knowledge of Water > > /----------------------------------------------------------------------- > / This is the discussion list of the North American Native Fishes > / Association (NANFA). Comments made on this list do not necessarily > / reflect the beliefs or goals of NANFA. For more information about NANFA, > / visit http://www.nanfa.org . Please make sure all posts to nanfa-l are > / consistent with the guidelines as per > / http://www.nanfa.org/archive/nanfa/guidelines.html. To subscribe, > / unsubscribe, or get help, visit the NANFA email list home page and > / archive-in-http://www.nanfa.org/archive/nanfa/. >
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: Wed Sep 29 2004 - 12:24:17 CDT