NANFA-- Speckled chub

Bruce Stallsmith (
Fri, 31 Dec 1999 19:04:03 EST

I have identified one of the fish I caught in Scottsboro, AL, on Tuesday.
It's my first speckled chub. Two questions for the list, maybe especially
Dave Neely. First of all, the scientific name is reported as _Machrybopsis
aestivalis_ in "Fishes of Alabama" (1996), and _Extrarius aestivalis_ in
Page & Burr's "Freshwater Fishes" field guide (1991). I would assume that
the 1996 name is more accurate? I also understand that Carter Gilbert in
Florida is redescribing one existing species into 2 or more new ones.

Secondly, has anyone kept this species (or member of this species group)?
Mine is still freaked out in a 10 gal. tank, but that should pass.

Interestingly, I caught this guy in a small creek essentially in downtown
Scottsboro. This species is described as confined to large, flowing river
habitats. The Tennessee River is only about 2-3 km away, maybe this one was
dumped by someone after fishing. I'm going back at some point to see if more
of them exist in this creek (a very public netting site, something I usually
avoid, but curiousity calls).

Anyway, happy new year and I hope I don't break out our lamp oil!

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL
"in the hands of the TVA"

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