Re: NANFA-- Land fish

Christopher Scharpf (
Sun, 10 Mar 2002 15:12:24 -0400

> Some killie people, have been hurruphing that it is only classified as
> endangered in Florida because it is seldom found in conventional surveys.

I think the actual Florida designation of Riv. marmoratus is "of special
concern." The AFS lists it as "vulnerable." It should be noted that such
designations are not necessarily based on rarity, but on the vulnerability
of its habitat. In Florida, many coastal habitats have been lost to human
encroachment and development. So while the fish isn't particularly rare
where it's found, its habitat is shrinking.

Chris Scharpf
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