Re: NANFA-- Probability of Dead Stuff
Sat, 9 Sep 2000 09:51:04 EDT

In a message dated 9/8/00 6:42:21 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< The Conasauga River in
Tennessee is reputed to be the last real stronghold of the blue shiner,
Cyprinella caerulea, a federally threatened species. But the Conasauga runs
through a moderately populated area with housing developments right along
it, which implies pressures on the river system. (Admittedly we found blue
shiners in the Little River in Alabama too, a more remote area.) >>

But....bear in mind that the blue shiners decline VERY quickly outside of the
Cherokee forest and this is due in large to those houses and farms that line
the river down there. Also, they have all but been eliminated from most of
their (once relatively large) range with the exceptions of the upper
Conasauga and Little River (both somewhat protected). Interactions with
humans have definitely not favored rare, sensitive, aquatic species.


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