NANFA-- UAH Creek Report

Bruce Stallsmith (
Fri, 31 May 2002 16:53:21 -0400

The summer school Ichthyology class did a seine collection on the UAH (Univ.
of Alabama in Huntsville) campus yesterday. The system starts with a
high-volume spring erupting from the karst geology, runs through a
channelized stream (you know my rants...) into a stinky duck pond and then
through a larger, slow-moving creek. The species list was actually

Redear sunfish (locally known as shellcrackers)
Green sunfish
Largemouth bass
Black crappies (including 2 'bout 30 cm long!)
Largescale stonerollers
Striped shiners

This system has been so altered and generally messed with that it's
impressive that 8 fish species are present. At least one species of Percina
darter was apparently present as recently as 20 years ago, probably P.
nigrofasciata (Blackbanded) from what I can reconstruct from eyewitness
accounts (no preserved specimens, alas).

I'm not teaching this class this summer; starting next summer, it looks like
I will after a retirement.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A
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