Re: NANFA-- Soque River snorkeling/daily humour

Bruce Stallsmith (
Wed, 18 Jul 2001 10:10:18 -0400

>Is N. chrosomus in the chlorocephalus group?
>Jackson, MS
Yeah, they're both in the subgenus _Hydrophlox_. Here's part of a message
from Dave Neely on this list on May 11, 2000--

>Rob Wood and Rick Mayden (1992, Copeia, pp 68-81) looked at allozyme
>variation across the range of both N. chlorocephalus and N. lutipinnis, to
>test the purported "intergradation" between the two. Notropis
>is a valid species, and what we currently recognize as N. lutipinnis is a
>paraphyletic complex of three diagnosable species. This is corroborated by
>nuptial coloration and pharyngeal dentition patterns- males from the
>Chattahoochee to Savannah drainages typically have red fins, Santee-Broad
>River fish have yellow fins, and Lynches Creek (Pee Dee) pops have white or
>yellowish fins. There was no evidence of intergression or intergradation
>whatsoever. Don't hold your breath for a species description... Rob's busy
>with Nothonotus and Rick is, well, busy on everything else except
>Hydrophlox. (Hey Bruce- here's your golden opportunity!! ;)

This group of _Notropis_ includes many of the more brightly colored species
in the genus. Dave's mention of researching _lutipinnis_'s true taxonomy is
still an open question waiting to be addressed.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

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