RE: NANFA-- mmmmmmm....

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Fri, 31 Jan 2003 11:57:44 -0600

Todd Crail wrote:
>>> Hopefully they'll have that Dr. Bones McCoy little scanner thingie that
ties into the universal satellite database to identify everything, and with
that, still be affordable to the common, grant-less or research sponsor-less

Pat wrote:
>>>Believe it or not, all (or almost all) of these new species are also
diagnosable using good old fashion male breeding color patterns, or counting
scales & rays. So, it is actually possible to identify breeding males in
the field.<<<

Jan writes:
Frank McCormick, a fellow graduate student at OU, studied rainbow darter
systematics in the late 1980s. He worked mostly with museum specimens but
he also documented breeding colors during a series of cross-country
darter-watching trips. I do not know if he has published his data, but I
believe he was seeing multiple forms that were geographically separated from
each other.
And...Dr. McCoy's hand-held scanner was really a salt-shaker.
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