Re: NANFA-- "Zebra Perch" What is it?

Jay DeLong (
Wed, 19 Feb 2003 10:49:46 -0800

At 05:26 PM 2/18/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>Brian Zimmerman, a student at Heidelberg College in Ohio, has found some
>specimens of a strangely colored perch. Looks like a yellow perch with
>too many stripes on it. He is pursuing a research project to try to find
>out more about this fish. If you have seen or heard of such a beast
>before, please let us know. Send email to
> Follow this link to see photos of the unusual

How many did he find, did he find them in several locations, and did he
find normal looking yellow perch along with them?

Have you considered this is a mutation? A few years back I was working at
a salmon hatchery that was doing unique breeding methods. They crossed one
male with one female and kept the progeny separated until release. This
was for a purpose that isn't necessary to go into here. But what was neat
was that you could observe the progeny from a particular cross. One
pairing of normal looking coho salmon adults produced young that were
purple and spotted, rather than silver/gold/brown with vertical parr
marks. Had you seen the young you might have wondered what sort of hybrid
creation they were. I had some formalin and preserved some of them because
they were so strikingly different from normal salmon.

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA
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