Re: NANFA-- funky sculpins

Bruce Stallsmith (
Sun, 24 Dec 2000 23:30:35 -0500

>It had previously been relegated to mottled sculpin, Cottus bairdi.
>The description of the blueridge sculpin was due to come out in the
>Copeia. My coauthors and I disagreed on how to approach this description-
>the new species is somewhat variable across the several drainages
>occupied... and I was outnumbered, so it's included with the new species. I
>haven't gotten my new Copeia yet, and haven't seen the manuscript since it
>was submitted. Have you recieved yours, Bruce? Chris?
>At any rate, the "bairdi" complex is really... well, complex. More soon...
>Oh, and when I get the pics developed of this critter, I'll scan some if
>anyone's that interested.
>Tuscaloosa, AL

I haven't received the December Copeia yet. It seems like local populations
of _Cottus_ sculpins have an above average tendency to become distinct at
the species level (reproductive isolation + rapid adaptation to local
conditions?). I look forward to the forthcoming Copeia even if your opinions
are muted.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL

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