NANFA-- Tulalip Creek loach ID

Jay DeLong (
Thu, 27 Jan 2000 08:57:53 -0800

Hi all. Brian Urbain of the Univ of Washington just sent me an
identification of the Tulalip Creek loach I wrote about in as Misgurnus
anguillicaudatus. As you can see in his message appended below, he mentions
that another M. anguillicaudatus was recently found in the lower Columbia
River. Brian's contact information is included at the bottom if you need
more information.

Have a nice day!

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

-----Original Message----- From: Brian Urbain Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2000 3:27 PM To: Jay DeLong Subject: RE: loach found near Marysville

Hi Jay,

Sorry for the delay in responding -- I actually went in to the hospital for an appendectomy the same day you emailed, and then was out in recovery for a few weeks. And then I had an extended vacation over the holidays.

Now it's catch-up time! Your loach turns out to be the Weather Loach, also called the Dojo Loach, (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus) which is probably the most common loach in the aquarium fish industry. Someone must have decided to let their pet swim free! FYI, we also have one which was collected from the lower reaches of the Columbia River. When people have to move, or no longer want their aquarium, often they'd rather dump the fish in a nearby water source then kill them outright.


Brian Keith Urbain 206-543-3816 (office) Fish Collection Manager 206-685-3275 (fax) Box 355100, 1140 Boat Street, FTR Building, Room 005 University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195 U.S.A.

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