NANFA-- More on convention: F. olivaceus & F. notatus

Bruce Stallsmith (
Sat, 26 Aug 2000 15:11:29 EDT

For those still keeping score on the Fundulus notatus vs. F. olivaceus
discussion, I'm revising my original estimate of what we found where during
the convention around Jackson, MS. The fish I brought home have had a chance
to settle out and resume normal feeding & coloration. The ones I have that
Casper caught in the Pearl River are, indeed, olivaceus, based on a distinct
spotting pattern. The fish that I have from our first collecting site on
Short Creek near Yazoo I'm still convinced are notatus. But the (one) fish
from the second site that I have (thanks, Ken McK!) is now nicely spotted,
so I think he's olivaceus. He's in a tank with a local Alabama F. notatus,
and the differences are striking.

Also, I found the original description for F. olivaceus:

Storer, D.H. 1845. Descriptions of species of fishes received, together with
drawings, from Mr. Charles A. Hentz, of Florence, Alabama. Proceedings of
the Boston Society of Natural History 2: 48-49, 51.

--Bruce Stallsmith
The Lawnmower City, AL

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