Re: NANFA-- Unidentified Sculpin

John Bongiovanni (
Tue, 03 Sep 2002 07:16:09 -0500

<x-flowed> wrote:

>Its me, Jon, the guy dedicated to the Pygmy Sculpins of Coldwater Creek, Anniston, AL. While observing the spring and the creek I keep seeing a group of three larger sculpins usually followed by several pygmy sculpins.. At first I thought the larger ones were just older Cottus Paulus, because of the strong resemblance in shape and coloring. I figured they were being followed by their young. But thanks to Jim Williams at the USGS Florida Carribean Science Center, I found out there are other species of sculpin in this creek. Now, the pamphlet Jim sent me, containing info from a 1968 study, says they found Cottus carolinae zopherus along with Cottus pygmaeus (paulus). I haven't been able to find any

Is it possible that C. carolinae zopherus has been renamed? Much
nomenclature has changed since 1968 and many subspecies have changed to
a species of their own. I too was unsuccessful finding a reference to
the subspecies. I'm sure you have looked through a Peterson's guide.
What does it most resemble?
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