Re: NANFA-- mmmmmmm....

Todd Crail (
Thu, 30 Jan 2003 21:16:09 -0500

Thanks Guys... That's the nicest thing anyone said to me today Josh. A true
compliment :) And yeah Travis, that female is some lil' sweetie huh? :)

I'd always wondered how species that are typical in headwaters do not
radiate... Or maybe they are.. We're just not around long enough to watch
it happen. I mean seriously, how could a rainbow darter in AL be expected
to look anything like a rainbow darter in OH after 8000 years of
reintroduction? And... That there probably are many rainbow darters in AL
that still look just like the ones in OH because that behavior, body shape
and color is what made them successful all the way back in the glacial

Crazy stuff. I'm sure someone has a pile of data on that somewhere :)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruce Stallsmith" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 8:51 PM
Subject: Re: NANFA-- mmmmmmm....

> Nice shots, Todd. The variability of rainbow darters never ceases to amaze
> me. I have two I collected in an upper fork of the Paint Rock River in AL
> that are unlike both of your photos, and any others I've seen. Not wildly,
> but just enough to make me think and make sure that they really ARE
> rainbows. I hope to take a collecting group to this spot this June as part
> of the 2003 Convention, so I can get a wider audience for this population
> rainbows.
> --Bruce Stallsmith
> Huntsville, AL, US of A
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