Re: NANFA-- NatureServe Watershed Fish Lists On Line

Bruce Stallsmith (
Wed, 09 Jun 2004 09:14:33 -0400

Yeah, you're right that the information database is incomplete for fish
distributions on NatureServe. Even a relatively well-funded group like
NatureServe lacks full knowledge. This patchy knowledge is one motivation
for my interest in spotfin killifish distribution, as I write in the latest
American Currents (which I received last Saturday...). If you know
differently about fish distributions in your area, you can leave messages on
the NatureServe site for Geoff Hammerson who compiles the fish listings.

Forget about describing the biodiversity of Amazonia, we still don't really
know freshwater fish distributions in North America. For instance, I found
flame chubs in a creek east of Huntsville last month where they've never
been reported, but that's still in the Paint Rock River watershed. A new
survey to determine the current range of flame chubs would be a good idea,
but you could say the same about several dozen other species in the
Tennessee Valley area. So it's a work in progress.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>From: "R. W. Wolff" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: Re: NANFA-- NatureServe Watershed Fish Lists On Line
>Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2004 23:22:32 -0500
>This is pretty cool, but they need to come back and do some surveys in
>central Wisconsin. I found a few fish not listed. I found a number though
>some water sheds listed as historical, and I can go there tomorrow and
>that fish.
>All in all, this was certainly a big undertaking, and the few things I
>mention are not in anyway putting this down . A few things I would like to
>see, fish listed in some water sheds I did not know existed there, where in
>these watersheds are they? So, it goes both ways.
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