NANFA-- Fundulus similis
Wed, 4 Dec 2002 14:04:29 EST

Today was a breezy 74 deg day here in the Florida Keys. I set out to collect
some longnose killies- F.similis. A few Keys north is Boca Chica Key it has a
large salt pond connected to the ocean by a culvert. At high tide there is a
stream running from the ocean into the pond. The bottom is sand/coral rubble
turning into mud the farther you get into the pond.
On approach there were large schools of Fundulus grandis of varying
sizes and some small mollies. I kicked off my sandals and waded in netting
the fleeing schools. As I looked into the dipnet there were many Cyprinodon
variegatus, F. grandis, and Adinia xenica. On closer inspection I could see a
few similis mixed in with the schools. Some quick sweeps of the net and I had
4 similis swimming in a plastic bag.
Not a bad way to spend the AM hours.
Andy Borgia
Key West,Fl
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