NANFA-- IL-IN Chapter's autumn trip, Sun Oct 5

Jeremy Tiemann (
Mon, 6 Oct 2003 10:34:34 -0500

The IL-IN Chapter's held its second annual autumn trip to the Middle
Fork of the Vermillion River (Wabash River drainage) in IL on Sun 5
Oct 2003. It was a beautiful sunny day with temps un the upper 60s.
The water was up a little from last year, so the outing was not as
species rich as last year in terms of benthic species (last year we
collected four more darter species and one sucker). In attendance
were Heoiw Ch'ng Ang, Mark Bardoel, Jim Bland, Scott Davis, Ryan
DePauw, Ron Humbert, Sajjad Lateef, Mike Rush, Kean Huat Yeap, and
myself and my wife Bernadette. Throughout the day at two spots on
the river, we seined 24 fish species...

Central stoneroller (Campostoma anomalum)
Spotfin shiner (Cyprinella spilopterus)
Steelcolor shiner (C. whipplei)
Golden shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucas)
Emerald shiner (Notropis antherinoides)
Sand shiner (N. stramineus)
Bluntnose minnow (Pimephales notatus)
Bullhead minnow (P. vigilax)
Silverjaw minnow (Ericymba buccata)
Redfin shiner (Lythrurus umbratilis)
Striped shiner (Luxilus chrysucephales)
Horneyhead chub (Nocomis biguttatus)
Creek chub (Semotilus atromaculatus)
Brook silverside (Labidesthes sicculus)
Blackstripe topminnow (Fundulus notatus)
Stonecat madtom (Noturus flavus)
Brindled madtom (N. miurus)
Rockbass (Ambloplites rupestris)
Warmouth (Lepomis gulosus)
Bluegill (L. macrochirus)
Bluebreasted darter (E. camurum) - a state listed species
Rainbow darter (E. caeruleum)
Greedside darter (E. blennoides)
Dusky darter (Percina sciera)

we also encountered a 12 freshwater mussel species...

elktoe (Alasmidonta marginata)
flutedshell (Lasmigona costata)
giant floater (Pyganodon grandis)
creeper (Strophitus undulatus)
threeridge (Amblema plicata)
Wasbash pigtoe (Fusconaia flava)
pimpleback (Quadrula pustulosa)
pistolgrip (Tritogonia verrucosa)
plain pocketbook (Lampsilis caridum)
wavyrayed lampmussel (Lampsilis fasciola) - a state listed species
fat mucket (L. siliquoidea)
lilliput (Toxolasma parvus)

and a few herps...

cricket frog (Acris crepitans)
fox snake (Elaphe vulpina)
Queen snake (Regina septemvittata)

Afterwards, we went back to la casa de Tiemann for chili. Judging
from the left overs, it must have been good. It was a very
successful outing for just a few hours of playing. A spring trip
will be in the works soon. Maybe more people will be able to join us
then. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Jeremy Tiemann
Biological Field Assistant
Illinois Natural History Survey
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