NANFA-- Dauphin Island, AL, trip

Bruce Stallsmith (
Fri, 30 Mar 2001 16:25:14 -0500

I finally made it to Dauphin Island at the mouth of Mobile Bay in AL. My
primary goal was to collect 4 species of killifish, and I found
them--Fundulus grandis (Gulf Coast mummichogs!), F. pulvereus and F.
jenkinsi, and also Adinia xenica. And of course I stumbled upon sailfin
mollies in the same environment. My prime collecting site was a freshwater
creek running into a saltmarsh by the island's Medellin-style airport. A
metal minnow trap left for 3 hours would be full on return with the Fundulus
species, and a roadside ditch by where I parked was full of A. xenica, C.
variegatus and mollies collectable by net.

Also unexpected was the Estuarium run by the Sea Lab. NANFA member Brian
Jones is the chief aquarist, and he coordinates a great show. We talked
killifish, of course, and he told me of sites for Fundulus chrysotus I have
to hit next time I visit. If anyone visits the Mobile Bay area you should
visit the Estuarium, which is at least as good as other aquariums on a
square foot basis (and not just 'cause they have lots of killies in their

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, Al

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