Re: NANFA-- NAS fish species listings

Dave Neely (
Wed, 15 Dec 1999 22:57:46 CST


>I'm wondering about the validity of the NAS statement that green >sunfish
>are not native to Michigan and are not even found there as >an exotic; and
>that blackstripe topminnows (Fundulus notatus) and >banded killifish
>(Fundulus diaphanous) are native to Michigan.

All three are native to Michigan- Fundulus diaphanus is represented by the
western F. d. "menona" form, Fundulus notatus just barely gets into the SE
part of the state, and Lepomis cyanellus is widespread.

Check out the collections of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology,
available online. You can search for fish locality information data very
easily. The UMMZ is one of the largest collections in the US.

One of the shortcomings of the NAS effort is that they rely upon good
published data. If you check out Lee et al's (1980) Atlas of NANFs, the
ranges of many fishes stop at various state lines... in Michigan's case,
because a prominent ichthyologist had planned to write a book on MI fishes,
never got around to it, and wouldn't share his distributional data. Oh well.

>would ask them myself but I'm already asking them about short-finned >squid
>(Illex illecobrocus) occurring as an exotic species in >Michigan, which I
>just cannot believe

Wow, I missed that one.

Email them- they've been very receptive to my comments.


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