The abstract was written by Mel Warren. Perhaps the best option would be to
email Mel (fswarren_at_sunset.backbone.olemiss.edu) and ask him why he phrased
the "north of Mexico" statement like that. I'm guessing it was just an
oversight that slipped through the review process.
As you might well imagine, the large number of authors on this paper made
some aspects of its preparation difficult. There were several points of
contention among the various authors, of which Mel is better qualified than
I to discuss.
>The southeast U.S. has far fewer, probably less than 100.
Less than 100 described. We're working on that... ;)
>However, a 1993 checklist of Mexican fishes lists 448 native species, >far
>fewer than the 600+ found in the southeast U.S. So it appears to me >that
>the U.S. is indeed the most diverse fish region on the continent, >both
>inclusive and exclusive of Mexico.
>Maybe Dave Neely can run down the hall and ask Rick Mayden about this.
Rick hurt his back on a field trip this weekend, and won't be in for most of
the week. We took a vertebrate zoology class to Dauphin Island, Alabama, and
braved the blustery winds to see all sorts of fun stuff. The rain brought
lots of cool herps out, the wind kept many of the shorebirds hunkered down
where we could see them, the neotropical migrants are starting to come
through (uggh! Fall warblers!), and we seined up more cool marine,
estuarine, and freshwater fishes than I could mention in a reasonable email.
Oh well, fun's over, back to work...
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