NANFA-- Fw: Help! First fish caught!

Norman Edelen (
Wed, 28 Nov 2001 19:11:46 -0800

Hello All,

A fellow aquarium society member is collecting in Florida and this is what
he reports. Any advice I can offer him?


> Greetings from Florida! The trip down here was rather long,
> and the extra 3 hours in Minneapolis due to snow didn't help.
> Anyway I spotted some fish in a ditch in the hotel parking lot
> this afternoon and I just returned from collecting a few scoops
> in the dark. It seems I've come up with 8 fish and one 1.5"
> crawfish. I should have brought some literature with me to ID
> them, but I'll settle for your opinion. They are livebearers
> and the male is about 1.25" and the female perhaps 1.5". There
> is no real color in the body (just natural, uninspiring tan).
> The male has a rather long gonipodium, over 3/8" and extends
> beyond the end of the dorsal, but only 2/3 of the way to the
> caudal. The fins are nicely patterned, both fish have spots
> in the dorsal and caudal fins, in rows of 2 or 3 depending on
> how you look at them. The male's dorsal has an 1/8" black margin
> and both fish have slightly dark pectoral fins, as is the females
> anal fin. Any ideas? Should I bring a pair home? If it helps
> to ID them, I'm in the Orlando area..


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