>>>> The genetic differences even between the two subspecies are not
> substantial (if I interpreted available literature correctly). The latter
> would make it easier replacing specimen/transferring to nearby
> --- It is unclear whether the two forms are species or subspecies. It is
> very clear that genetic differences ARE substantial. An allozyme study in
> 1977 indicated little variation among populations but a 1993 mtDNA study
> indicated 15 different haplotypes for 21 populations studied. Haplotypes
> were clustered geographically (by drainage or state), but some were
> apparently absent from nearby streams within the same drainage. It may be
> "easy" to replace or transfer specimens but it may not be genetically
> advisable. see Eric Routman's "Mitochondrial DNA variation in
> Cryptobranchus...." in Copeia 1993(2): 407-416. [Note for sturgeon
> enthusiasts - genetic resolution of pallid and shovelnose sturgeon was also
> obscured by early allozyme data, and clarified by later DNA data]
This is absolutely new to me and the more interesting. Will surely read this
>>>> ...the topic in general is the same as for many NANF.<<<
> Perhaps, but I am unaware of any large, long-lived, slow-to-mature T&E NANF
> that have been successfully propagated by private individuals.
I know about many salamanders successfully propagated by private
individuals. Of course logistics is a challenge but as for hellbenders it is
fairly easy. Crayfish, fish and even frogs are fairly easy to get compared
to all that insect stuff for other amphibia and reptiles. Our salamanders
and newts as well take 3+ year to be mature and some more years to be fully
grown. That is a particular excitement to spend a long time with a "pet"
(not in the meaning of puppies, please!). Longer than any dog, cat or
hamster. Only turtles and parrots can cope with that.
>From this perspective, my future hellbenders may as well be there when I am
already goen. That4s a problem.
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