RE: NANFA-- Paint Rock trip at 2003 convention

Dave Neely (
Mon, 08 Mar 2004 14:23:19 -0600


It certainly won't hurt anybody's credibility... but it's especially
tantalizing because the only madtom in the Paint Rock is an undescribed form
of Noturus elegans that's awfully rare, and one which Nick did a status
survey for a couple of summers ago.

Nick was pretty worked up over the possibility that y'all caught one... To
our knowledge, nobody has caught it in Alabama since the mid 80s, and they
have severely declined at the one site in Tennessee where they used to be
slightly more abundant. I think I even asked Bruce and Steven to keep an eye
out for them, since y'all had a sizeable number of kickers in primo habitat!

At any rate, thanks for the fine write-up of the meeting, and congrats to
the AC Editor for yet another superb issue. Great job Chris!!


...who's now way too far away from the Paint Rock... :(

>oops! Minutes ago I received a message from Nick Lang (one of your >colleagues ?). I have not responded to him yet. >At Paint Rock, I heard the word "madtom" being used by several of the >seining crews but did not actually see any myself. This may have been >wishful thinking that I misinterpreted. The people to ask about the local >fisheswould be Steve Ellis or El Presidente, himself. >Looks like my career as a credible reporter is going to be short-lived. /----------------------------------------------------------------------------- /"Unless stated otherwise, comments made on this list do not necessarily / reflect the beliefs or goals of the North American Native Fishes / Association" / This is the discussion list of the North American Native Fishes Association / To subscribe, unsubscribe, or get help, send the word / subscribe, unsubscribe, or help in the body (not subject) of an email to / For a digest version, send the command to / instead. / For more information about NANFA, visit our web page,