NANFA-- Ophisternon aenigmaticum and geo.extent of NA
Sat, 13 Nov 1999 17:47:35 EST

Itried the long link and got Unknown Host unable to locate the server named
www.cgiar ---- the server does not have a DNS entry. The google search engine
only gave me analternate name, the "obscure swamp eel".Altavista gave me
somewhat more in-depth info.I've tried looking up obscure species like this
before using search engines,but usually wind up with taxonomy lists and no
info on the actual species. I generally try to avoid asking questions about
subjects if I think I can find enough info on it. Guess i have to know where
to look. :)Btw my name is Richard Hopper and I live out in the country near
the town of Burt,MI (middle of the Lower Peninsula, near Saginaw).
I had no idea zoogeography played such a definitive role in determining what
constituted true NA fauna or that there was a faunal region to make that
determination,especially there are subtropical and (I think) tropical areas
in the southern US and northern and central Mexico and the ranges of Neartic
sunfishes and minnows and Neotropical cichlids and characoids overlap there.
That, plus the fact that I was going by what I thought were the purely
GEOGRAPHICAL boundaries per se and not zoogeographical criteria was the cause
of me thinking that. Obviously zoogeographical seems more appropriate for
NANFA's purposes.I think that it would be useful for perusers of NANFA's web
page to have a section defining the zoogeographical boundaries of NA fishes,
as I think most NA enthusiasts probably don't realize this.Do you know if any
other NA fish organizations or individuals disagree with this definition of
true NA fishes?

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