Re: NANFA-- swimming in troubled waters
Fri, 15 Sep 2000 13:11:15 EDT

In a message dated 9/14/00 8:38:41 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< I wonder has anyone been to Mexico collecting or
trading non-cichlid and non-livebearer Mexican native fishes at all? In
there are at least many beautiful Cyprinella shiners that should do fine and
hard to breed... >>

Yeah, I think that it would be interesting to hear about more Mexican fishes.
A lot of North American natives is focused almost exclusively on U.S. fishes;
understandably so since most members are from that country and that is a
country which is associated more with North America than Mexico is. People
tend to associate Mexico more with tropical fishes and while it's true that
they have more typically tropical fauna such as cichlids and tetras, they
also have sunfishes and minnows which are more characteristically temperate
fishes. Mexico I would consider to be more of an "overlap zone" where both
coincide, along with the most extreme southern parts of the U.S. where the
Rio Grande cichlid and the Mexican tetra occur (admittedly both are in a
small limited portion of the country). Plus they have some unusual fishes
which are not found in the U.S., such as native swamp eels (unlike Florida,
which has exotic Asian ones) mountain skilletfish, and others.

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