NANFA-- Re: Fundulus blairae

John Bongiovanni (
Wed, 4 Sep 2002 14:58:16 -0500

Thanks a lot! Especially so quickly. I will now defend TP&WD to the teeth if
I have too :-) I guess the only remaining question is if the Western Starhead
Topminnow is now retired? I hope so. Its a mouthful.

> From: "Gary Garrett" <>
> Date: 2002/09/04 Wed PM 02:22:36 CDT
> To: <>
> Subject: Fundulus blairae
> Sorry for the confusion.
> Fundulus blairae is now recognized as a subspecies of F. dispar, starhead
> topminnow. This designation is based primarily on the morphological work of
> Bob Cashner (Univ. of New Orleans). He has also looked at them biochemically
> and I assume the data also support the subspecific designation.
> The common name for Fundulus dispar blairae is southern starhead topminnow.
> Gary P. Garrett, Ph.D.
> HOH Fisheries Science Center
> Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.
> HC 7, Box 62
> Ingram, TX 78025
> 830-866-3356
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