NANFA-- swampfish request

Jay DeLong (
Thu, 27 Mar 2003 08:10:41 -0800

Perhaps someone can help these researchers:

>To:, cambarus at
>Subject: swampfish
>Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 14:14:58 US/Central
>I am a past member (James E. Wetzel) of NANFA. Recently a co-
>worker (William J. Poly) and I successfully spawned and reared
>pirate perch in an aquarium setting resulting in the production
>of embryos, prolarvae, larvae and juveniles to be used in a
>later more detailed morphological description of those life
>stages. Observations of the reproductive biology are being
>reported in a manuscript that is in press and expected to come
>out in the next 90 days or so. We described the method of
>reproduction as being different from that reported for any other
>fish taxon (freshwater and marine)and a probable precursor to
>the method of the northern cavefish which is a gill chamber
>I am interested in the swampfish, a probably closer relative to
>the other amblyopsids than the pirate perch, to see if the
>morphological simularites with the pirate perch are paralleled
>by simularites in spawning behavior. The swampfish to me
>repressents an epigean intermediate between pirate perch and the
>more specialized troglophiles and troglobytes.
>I am trying to obtain approximately a dozen live subadult
>swampfish that I can condition in my facilites for an out of
>season spawning. Treatment of animals is intended to promote
>maturation of fish and gametes for controlled spawnings in
>specially setup observation tanks.
>Can you direct me to someone with the neccesary permits and
>resources that could help acquire the needed specimens?
>Jim Wetzel
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