Re: NANFA-- Check out Nonindigenous fishes - Channa micropeltes

Bruce Stallsmith (
Sun, 24 Mar 2002 18:10:25 -0500

You're largely right, Moon. Starlings had to be introduced into North
America several times in the 1870s and 1880s before they "took", then their
population exploded. The big-problem exotics are North American natives
introduced into other parts of the continent; my own big bugaboo is still
largemouth bass, which shouldn't be anywhere except the Confederacy and some
northern parts of the Mississippi and Ohio drainages. They certainly
shouldn't be on the west coast, along with the Lepomis sunfishes! Even as
appealing a fish as the rainbow shiner has been spread a lil' beyond its
original range, like up around Chattanooga, TN, if I remember right.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

> This is the one I saw, unlikely to have reproducing population in Rhode
>Island. Many of these fish are reported as though you can stand on the
>watch the invasion go on. My favorite was a neon tetra that was found in a
>lake in Wyoming and concern was raised over the question of if it could
>spread down stream from this warm spring area. Personally I would be amazed
>if there was a body of water any where in the continental USA where the
>conditions exist that would allow neons to establish a reproductive
>population bigger than a bath tub! I still am opposed to captive release
>lets be reasonable. Some fish Might establish a reproductive population. a
>few have, and most will never do so under any conceivable circumstances!
>real! <A
>Click here: Nonindigenous fishes - Channa micropeltes</A>
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