Re: NANFA-- Fish and Crayfish Burrow Coexistance- Was Erymozon

R. W. Wolff (
Thu, 6 Apr 2000 12:00:20 -0700

I have heard of many shiners using sunfish nests , smallmouth bass nests,
and even bowfin nests. Ray Katula witnessed golden shiners broadcasting
eggs over a bowfin nest. Supposedly emerald shiners use smallmouth and
green sunfish nest. I am sure there are more. The sunfish gaurding eggs is
unlikly to come up off his nest to attack these fish, so I would think it
would be the egg broadcasters ( scatterers) rather than egg depostiors like
spotfin or red shiners. It does benefit the nesting fish in the long run,
as these shiner fry are a food item, and it is obvious how it benefits the


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