RE: NANFA-L-- And now for something completely different...

Bruce Stallsmith (
Wed, 23 Aug 2006 14:50:35 -0400

Holy poops, you found 28 species of mussels in one outing at one site?
That's astonishingly good. We found a single sheepnose in the Tennessee
immediately south of Huntsville over two months of diving, collecting and
relocating about 5200 individual mussels.

--Bruce Stallsmith
along the summery Tennessee
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>US 35 Bridge Public Access
>This is a great site for mussels and there's a lot of fish. This was our
>first stop the last Tippecanoe trip we did. It's a series of runs of
>and cobble with sand bars and water willow. Really nice heterogeneous
>We seined it first Friday night, but were mostly looking for bluebreast
>weren't going to be in the population where we'd were potentially taking a
>lot of people, and get a 10 pack of greensides for a genetics project
>another student is doing. We got my 5 pack of bluebreast fairly easily in
>the rubble up under the bridge... They really had a preference for flat
>rocks. I'm totally stoked to have bluebreasts finally. I've taken too
>walks down Main Street in Temptation Town because they were listed, and the
>time I was where they live in abundance in the upper Tennessee, the water
>was too high to get into the habitat.
>We also seined here second with the rest of the gang on Saturday. We had
>seined some at Tippecanoe SP before heading over here, but that site was
>pretty unremarkable. A bunch of trees had fallen in where Bill V and Mark
>Binkley had gotten a mess of brindled madtom and spotted sucker.
>Well, I take that back... There was one remarkable story from Tippy SP. So
>we were finished up, and were seining one last place. As we were walking
>along a sandbar, I saw a good sized brindled laying in the sand with a
>shiner hanging out of its mouth. I just picked it up, thinking it was
>dead and would make a good preserve to show kids. The thing was alive!
>The current hypothesis is that it had gotten a very large meal, was laying
>in the shallows digesting it away from any predators (which it would have
>been easy heron food), and with us walking around, got floated up onto the
>sandbar. Who knows?
>Okay, back to US 35 on Saturday... We poked around, got some different
>stuff, added some more brindled to Bill's son's collection from the water
>willow, saw some HUGE logperch, and nabbed a couple pirate perch. Other
>than that... It was the same ol' same ol'.
>Sunday I snorkeled the site to look at mussels. Blake fly fished while I
>dove and got a lot of nice longear and river chub :) Zeebs were present
>(quagga actually), but not overabundant, and only seen on rocks. I took a
>25 pack in ethanol for another genetics project here at UT, destroyed the
>rest. The most impressive thing I saw were different age classes of
>rabbitsfoot. That's remarkable anywhere you see them. And... they're my
>favorite mussel, so I always get excited to see them alive.
>8' Seine - BB, TC, BF, BV, Joe
>Spotfin shiner
>Steelcolor shiner
>Bigeye chub
>River chub
>Rosyface shiner
>Golden/black redhorse
>Northern hogsucker
>Stonecat madtom
>Brindled madtom
>Pirate perch (2)
>Rock bass
>Green sunfish
>Longear sunfish
>Smallmouth bass
>Greenside darter
>Rainbow darter
>Bluebreast darter
>Tippecanoe darter
>Logperch darter
>Dusky darter
>Hand, Snorkel - TC
>Purple wartyback (L)
>Pimpleback (L)
>Round pigtoe (L)
>Wabash pigtoe (L)
>Flutedshell (L)
>Mucket (L)
>Elktoe (L)
>Plain pocketbook (L)
>Sharp-ridge pocketbook (L)
>Rabbitsfoot (L with recruitment!)
>Kidneyshell (L)
>Creek heelsplitter (L)
>Paper pondshell (L)
>Giant floater (L)
>Creeper (L)
>Fat mucket (L)
>Spike (FD)
>Rayed bean (FD)
>Clubshell (W)
>Rainbow (W)
>Toxolosma sp. (W) - May have been lividus, again, pinkish sheen
>Sheepnose (W 1 w/ both valves)
>Pyramid pigtoe (W)
>White heelsplitter (W)
>Threeridge (W)
>Round hickorynut (W)
>Deertoe (W)
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