Re: NANFA-- RE: Farthest and highest

R. W. Wolff (
Fri, 12 Mar 2004 00:00:52 -0600

I always wondered why mudminnows don't range further north. You can find
them here, and sometimes sticklebacks ( brook) in the middle of the woods in
shallow ponds that almost certainly freeze solid. Of course ground currents
and springs are common in these areas. Regardless, they can hack the cold
sure enough.

On the other hand, I wonder why central mudminnows don't do well further
south. They seem to handle heat just fine, and trout have been stocked much
further south. Muds seem to disperse in spring floods, and I would have to
think over the years they would have made their way around from the
Mississippi River up some tributaries further south.

Probably just expecting too much of this fantastic little fish.
Incidentally, I like to call them pygmy pike. I found a common name for them
in the old Shedd aquarium book I just got from an older friend, yes the book
with the albino bowfin in it. It called mudminnows mud-trout. It really
touted these little guys. Kind of neat reading that old literature and how
views of certain fish have changed.

Ray W.
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