Re: NANFA-- More SC collecting - July 22, 2002

Scott Davis (
Thu, 25 Jul 2002 10:40:32 -0500

When I was small and hoping to become a marsh-rat like my Wisconsin cousin,
my Dad used to hold a lighted cigarette to leaches, who saw the wisdom in
letting go. Once when a leach settled between my toes, the adults held a
conference. A cigarette wouldn't do. The term amputation, even in jest, was
distressing. After a little palavering among the men, my cousin's Mom
marched into the fishing camp's dining room and grabbed a salt shaker. In
her typically no-nonsense manner, she salted the leach and it let go.

By the way, what Rivulus was that which the gendarmes found so worthless?
Charlie Grimes took one of those tours and came home with a particularly
nice strain of Riv. ornatus. He had trade material for some time when they
began spawning.

It was a little awkward for Rivulus enthusiasts, who flaunted their
appreciation for grays and browns, to keep such a gorgeous fish.

All the best!

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