NANFA-- TN vs. AL fish diversity

Dave Neely (
Mon, 18 Feb 2002 08:38:39 -0600


>Maybe not... what will carry the day for Alabama as an "arbirary political
>definition with highest biodiversity for fishes" will likely >be further
>examination of the darter fauna, especially in the Warrior >River basin. I
>have faith that Dave Neely's pals at UA in Tuscaloosa >will identify a
>surprising number of endemic species... although I >don't know for sure.

The Mobile Basin's really diverse, and there's a lot more that's not being
recognized, but I'm siding with Chris, Tennessee would come out on top (Hey
Ets, if you're reading this, are you happy now?). There's lots of weird
stuff going on in the Tennessee ichthyofauna that needs to be addressed.

Both UT-Knoxville and UA-Tuscaloosa are hiring new ichthyologists. The
people that fill these positions will have a major impact on what happens to
biodiversity in their respective states. From what I've seen so far, it
looks like molecular biologists that couldn't identify a fish if it swam up
and bit them on the tuckus will fill both positions. Sad day for
ichthyology, and aquatic conservation in the southeast.


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