RE: NANFA-- Florida fish

Roselawn Museum (
Thu, 04 Jan 2001 16:17:56 -0500

Many thanks, Jan. This should help a lot. Between now and then, I can find
photos of these fish to help my poor ID skills when I go back. I am
especially excited about the possibility of the taillight shiners.

Steven A. Ellis
Kennesaw, GA

At 02:23 PM 1/4/01 -0600, you wrote:
>Steven -
>I used to work in the Hillsborough River nearby which has around 45
>freshwater species. Abundant species in the mid-channel were coastal
>shiner, sailfin shiner, ironcolor shiner. Vegetated margins had good
>numbers of longnose and Florida gar, pirate perch, Okefenokee and Everglades
>pygmy sunfishes, bluefin killifish, sailfin molly, golden topminnow, and of
>course mosquitofish (all of the last three with frequent melanistic
>specimens). In the backwaters and swamps there were a lot of taillight
>shiner, Florida flagfish, and swamp darter. Most of these should be common
>in the Little Manatee River, but I am not sure about sailfins and ironcolor
>shiners. The Hillsborough drainage used to be considered the southern limit
>of their distribution but that could have changed in the last 30 years.
>There is an excellent USF master's thesis on the fishes of the Hillsborough
>drainage by Brian Barnett.
>I only collected fishes in the Little Manatee proper once - at a place
>called Willow Shores Swamp. I was with Derril Moody, one of the
>co-discoverers of the South American Tigerfish (Hoplias malabaricus) there.
>We got melenistic golden topminnow, Florida gar, Florida flagfish, brown
>bullhead, chubsucker, and dollar sunfish, but no tigerfish. Population is
>now believed extirpated. But, watch out, just in case.
>- Jan

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