Re: NANFA-- Soque River snorkeling/daily humour

Bruce Stallsmith (
Tue, 17 Jul 2001 09:47:59 -0400

>I understand the wife thing quite well! You missed a good trip, but more
>are coming. Yes, you are right about the cardinal shiner. After I got a
>chance to check some distribution maps, I realized it couldn't be. As
>nearly as I can match it in the Peterson's with fish in that range, it
>looks like a yellow fin shiner. The other ones still look like
>duskystripes, although they shouldn't be where I found them either. Now
>will someone please tell me why the yellowfin shiner has red fins?
>Steven A. Ellis
>Kennesaw, GA
Steven, you've stumbled into an area of unresolved taxonomy. Yellowfins are
recognized now as one species, when in truth there are two or three species
in this complex waiting to be described. I don't have the references at hand
so I'll let it go at that for the moment.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

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