Re: NANFA-- fish under stones
Mon, 29 Jan 2001 23:34:15 EST

In a message dated 01-01-28 15:52:23 EST, Andy writes:

<< t's been dry here without too much rain so the puddle was dry nothing but
damp mud. Here and there were a few coral rocks I decided to lift them to
what was under there...but on closer examination there were 2 small black
salamander looking things lying still on the mud. They were Rivulus
marmoratus lying on the wet mud, I lifted more rocks and an old board and
found 11 more! Truly amazing fishes just waiting for the next rain, I left
them there to seed the puddle when it fills again. It was 62 deg. >>

I've found tadpole madtoms and bullhead catfish in similar instances;
however, it was during cool/cold weather. It was my guess that the lower
demand for O2 was the only reason they were still alive. Regardless, it's
pretty amazing to come across "a fish out of water" that is surviving for
more than just hours or a few days. Good find!
Bruce Scott

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