RE: NANFA-- Paddlefish paper

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Fri, 7 Mar 2003 12:50:10 -0600

Rob wrote:
>>>I would also be interested in any other "good" paddlefish papers that you
might be aware of. A couple of times each year, a fisherman talk about
what is usually described as a "weird catfish" in the West Fork of the
River which runs through the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. Some of the
more detailed descriptions sound a lot like a paddlefish so I would like to
see some decent papers describing habitat requirements and other pertinent

Jan writes:

Rob, check this out --

Blackwell, B.G., B.R.Murphy, and V.M. Pitman. 1995. Suitability of food
resources and physicochemical parameters in the lower Trinity River, Texas,
for paddlefish. J. Freshwater Ecol. 10(2): 163-175.

Paddlefish in the Trinity are interesting. Their early growth is extremely
441 mm EFL Age I (vs < 4o0 mm EFL in many pop.s)
747 mm EFL Age II (vs < 600 mm EFL many pop.s)
786 mm EFL Age III
Shallow backwaters with rotifer-dominated zooplankton assemblages may be a

Also - I believe that Ms Pitman authored some papers on historical
occurrences and biology of paddlefish in Texas, but I do not have these on
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