Re: NANFA-- catenatus pic

Bruce Stallsmith (
Sun, 30 Sep 2001 18:05:52 -0400

Thanks for the picture, Klaus. There isn't a sharp physical difference
between catenatus and stellifer; I think that stellifer can get bigger, is
more robust and has a range defined on the northwest by the barrier of Sand
Mountain in northeastern Alabama. The sharpest difference I have noticed
between the two is that stellifers are _very_ prone to jumping, while I've
never had a catenatus jump. I don't have the literature in front of me to
point out diffs in scale count, etc., but in purely cladistic terms I would
rate "tendency to jump" as a major character state.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>With all the confusion over catenatus and stellifer I
>asked Jay to post a picture of a catenatus I took
>...The quality is not up to my standards but its
>adequate to see what this fish looks like. Hopefully
>that Georgia fish isnt a bifax lol.
>Here they are:
>(reduced size)
> (full
>Thany you Jay for posting the pics.

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