Re: NANFA-- Heterandria formosa

Mysteryman (
Fri, 06 Jun 2003 20:58:06 -0700 wrote:
> Chuck,
> I`d be very interested to talk to you about the Heterandria. Especially where
> you found
> them.
> I know that Dr. Mettee(Fishes Of Alabama), and Dr. Royal Suttkas have
> collected
> some in overflow pools of the Tombigbee River near Jackson, AL.
> Also, Rod Harper told me of a few isolated spots some years ago in Mobile
> County.
> I have two populations from the New Orleans area. One population has
> melonistic
> traits. I`ve been inbreeding, and once had a 90 percent black female.
> However,
> the trait is not stable.
> You are certainly right...every population I have ever sampled looks
> different. I think
> the prettiest I know of is around Bay St. Louis. Beautiful colors. Lots of
> red, even blue
> in the dorsal.
> There is also a population "morph" that lives in brackish water near Ft.
> Walton, FL.
I can attest to the Ft Walton ones. The Gulfarium Summer Campers go out
to the local estuarieson field trips, and they always bring back
Heterandrias from brackish water, along with Bluefin Killies.
One kid once even brought in what I'm pretty sure was a female Bluenose
Shiner. Sheepshead Pupfish are also very common, and you can't miss
their brilliant blue & orange hues.

Watch out, though--> Ichthyobodo, the "brackish Ick" is also pretty
prevalent around that area. Those who like to rely on salt or freshwater
baths for treatment instead of copper would be in for a nasty surprise.
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