NANFA-- Old but informative Fundulus papers

Bruce Stallsmith (
Thu, 25 Oct 2001 16:28:13 -0400

Today's talk about olivaceus vs. notatus, etc., made me go back and look for
important source information on this and related topics. Various of the
Fundulus species are to our eye very similar at first glance, and it takes a
closer look to realize that very real species exist in nature separated by
various mechanisms. Jamie Thomerson did much of the early work with various
Fundulus species both to describe them physically, and to try and explain
their differences. The following two references are good examples of such
work. The second one should be in most decent university libraries, while
the Tulane Studies paper is harder to find:

Thomerson, J.E. 1969. Variation and relationships of the studfishes,
Fundulus catenatus and Fundulus stellifer (Cyprinodontidae, Pisces). Tulane
Studies in Zoology and Botany 16:1-21.

Thomerson, J.E.; Wooldridge, D.P. 1970. Food habits of allotropic and
syntopic populations of the topminnows Fundulus olivaceus and Fundulus
notatus. American Midland Naturalist 84:573-576.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A
(p.s.: allotropic means physically separated populations, and syntopic means
populations with an overlapping range...)

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