NANFA-- Re: Lepomis macrochirus purpurescens
Thu, 7 Aug 2003 14:22:37 -0500

Mark wrote:

At 8:37 AM -0400 8/7/03, Todd Crail wrote:
>I seriously doubt that now that I've seen what a breeding male looks like.
>I think the purple that we were observing was a light effect with the
>overcast day we had. I've seen other juveniles in Ohio that had the same
>coloration on overcast days. There's no mistaking the purple on the

What is this subspecies? Is it scientifically recognized or just
something someone has proposed? Where is it found? Is it a capitive
bred variant? Yes, I am not likely to remember to go buy the In
Fisherman issue and I'm relying on you to pass along the info.
Thanks! :)

See "Fishes of Arkansas" by Robison and Buchanan, p. 371. They recognize
L. macrochirus purpurescens as a valid subspecies.

Eschmeyer's "Catalog of Fishes, Omline" says this:

"purpurescens, Lepomis Cope 1870: 454 [Proc. Am. Philos. Soc. v. 11; ref.
913]. Yadkin R., Roane Co. [= Rowan], North Carolina, U.S.A. Lectotype:
ANSP 13066. Paralectotypes: ANSP 13067-77 (11). Type catalog: Bvhlke
1984:39 [ref. 13621] as holotype (13066) and paratypes, Gilbert 1998:247
[ref. 23395]. Lectotype not established by Bvhlke 1984 but established by
Gilbert 1998:247 [ref. 23395]. Synonym of Lepomis macrochirus Rafinesque
1819 -- (La Rivers 1994:566 [ref. 23389] as purpurascens). Synonym of
Lepomis macrochirus Rafinesque 1819, but a valid subspecies -- (Robison &
Buchanan 1988:371 [ref. 23393], Scott & Crossman 1998:720 [ref. 24570],
Ross et al. 2001:418 [ref. 25978], Moyle 2002:381 [ref. 26449]). Synonym of
Lepomis macrochirus Rafinesque 1819, subspecies macrochirus -- (Gilbert
1998:247 [ref. 23395]). Lepomis macrochirus Rafinesque 1819, Centrarchidae.
Habitat: freshwater."

Hope this helps:

Steve Haslouer
Environmental Scientist III
Bureau of Environmental Field Services
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 430
Topeka, KS 66612-1367

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