NANFA-- "Speckled chubs" are... Campostoma!

Bruce Stallsmith (
Wed, 19 Jan 2000 16:14:40 EST

I think I've come to the completion of my "speckled chub" crusade. Dave
Neely, the eye of reason and voice of Alabama experience, ID'd them as
_Campostoma oligolepis_, the largescale stoneroller. I realize that I was
fooled by the illo in "Freshwater Fishes" by Page and Burr, which makes the
fish look more robust than mine appear (which are probably relatively young
fish, too). Also, I was trying to ID a living fish which is very active, so
I didn't get a good look at the lips which are unmistakable when you see
them and think about it. And, I've never seen _Campostoma_ before to my
knowledge (ain't none in New England!) so I was confused to start with. This
all reinforces my earlier experiences with fish, that you can often be
fooled by first impressions if you're dealing with species you're not
already familiar with. (I think Mark Binkley has been through this recently

Now I'm all fired up to find REAL speckled chubs of whatever population!

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL
"home of various chub imitators"

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