RE: NANFA-L-- Hitchhikers on Hydrilla

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (Jan.J.Hoover at
Tue, 25 Oct 2005 13:26:21 -0500

>>>... 1 tiny golden topminnow (Fundulus chrysotus). This is the
first time that I have obtained that species as a hitchhiker on plants.<<<

I had completely forgotten about an article I read a few years ago on this
very topic:
Gossington, R.E. 1968. The golden ear killy. The Aquarium 1[Jun]: 6-7,

Author reported that chrysotus eggs had hitchhiked on water lettuce he
collected in Florida. Plants were rinsed, soaked for 10 minutes in alum
solution, and put in a tank of betta fry to provide cover for the baby fish.
Weeks later, he was thinning plants and realized that he had two species of
fish: bettas (few) and chrysotus (lots). Finding more topminnow eggs on
other plants, he apparently shifted gears and started raising the native

- Jan Hoover
Vicksburg, MS
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