Re: NANFA-- Native fish in Potomac River Basin

Dave Neely (
Wed, 03 Nov 1999 13:20:17 CST


>What is the title of this book?

Sorry. Jenkins, R.E. and N.M. Burkhead. 1993. Freshwater fishes of Virginia.
American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD. 1079pp.
ISBN 0-913235-87-3. It's kind of pricey, but worth every dollar- it's
probably worth 2-3x what the going rate is now.

>I was refering the "upper Potomac" as the river above the falls >which
>would eliminate yellow perch and white catfish I think.

Agreed. With the lowered water temps afforded by tree cover, brook char
certainly occupied areas much farther down the mainstem than now- probably
well past Cumberland.

>So would one expect that fallfish and bullheads would have been >present
>in approximately equal biomass as smallmouth and channel >catfish are

Maybe. There's a bunch of palaeo-zooarchaeological sites along the Potomac,
but I don't know what the composition of fish taxa is like in them- haven't
searched the literature. Certainly things like Semotilus pharyngeal arches
and Ameiurus spines would be relatively long-lasting and easy to ID...


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