RE: NANFA-L-- Charismatic Invertebrates and Feisty Fundulus

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Wed, 30 Mar 2005 14:36:37 -0600

Two recent (within the least year) articles of note:

Nash, S. 2004. Desperately seeking charisma: improving the status of
invertebrates. BioScience54: 487-494.

For friends of the boneless -- Article laments vertebrocentric conservation
and demonstrates that many invertebrate groups (mussels, freshwater snails,
crayfishes, stoneflies and mayflies are more imperiled than fishes, mammals,
birds. The article is written in a lively style and is lavishly illustrated
with beautiful, half-page photos of arthropods and 50's sci-fi movie posters.

For reprints - contact Steve Nash:


Carson, M.L. and H. Merchant. 2005. A laboratory study of the behavior of
two species of grass shrimp (Palaemonetes pugio and P. vulgaris) and the
killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus). J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 314: 187-201.

For aquarists who have tried keeping grass shrimp and topminnows in the same
tanks -- Larger healthy killies suppressed swimming and solitary occurrences
by shrimp, but did not affect their walking. Smaller, unhealthy killies did
not have the same effects on shrimp behavior. Unhealthy killies were those
collected within 1 week of an insecticide spraying and showing "unusual
For reprints - contact Leigh

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