Re: NANFA-L-- Pigeon Mtn dace/chub hybrid

Bruce Stallsmith (
Thu, 21 Jul 2005 15:50:01 -0400

A lot of times an odd sunfish isn't a hybrid but a morph, or body type,
within the species. Bluegills are famous for having "sneaker" males, small
males that look like females that sneak into the nests guarded and built by
larger, more colorful alpha males so that the sneaker male can fertilize
eggs and have them guarded by the alpha. Not all individuals of a species
look alike... the individual variation is important even without bizarre
morphs like sneakers.

--Bruce Stallsmith
ain't a hybrid in sight along the Tennessee
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- Pigeon Mtn dace/chub hybrid
>Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 14:57:01 EDT
>im curious about others encounters w/ hybrids.
>also what keeps hybrids from reproducing and somewhat creating other
>species? are they sterile? couldnt a pair of same hybrids reproduce and
>then you
>have a plethora of baby hybrids. how does that work and what keeps say
>from honogenizing. ive been in streams where i can count 6 or 7 distinct
>sunfish species.
>that is neat gerald that your hybrid lived many years.
>i lost my oddly marked logperch sometime after i moved him to the cement
>pond. a couple weekends ago i found a big fat bellied catfish hiding under
>turtle raft and then last weekend a big warmouth waiting in ambush in the
>cattail shadows. very handsome but he has gotta go! both were tiny when i
>them in years ago. 1 or 2".
>i miss that cute little logperch. i think he had a touch of hybrid in him.
>blue fish ridge
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