Re: NANFA-- Nonindigenous Fish Distribution Information

Edward Venn (
Thu, 28 Mar 2002 10:36:38 +0000

Well, we have bowfins here in Japan. You can catch them in the Arakawa river
and in the Imperial Palace Moat.

>The snake head is a voratious predator with a nasty temperment.
>It has a rudimentry labrynth organ so it can live in low oxygen water, and
>it competes directly with the bowfin, and that is one tough competator.
>"When forced to speculate on what effects the snakehead might have on
>fishes, Shafland said that, "If there are any effects, these would most
>likely involve the bowfin (mudfish) since snakehead and bowfin share more
>than just general appearances. Both of these species are also predators
>seem to have similar habitat and food preferences, and both can utilize air
>to survive in waters with little to no oxygen." Some of the literature on
>the snakeheads suggest this fish can reach lengths of four feet, although
>Shafland is skeptical. "
> . . . . from page mentioned above . . . .

Edward Venn,
SMG Holdings Co., Ltd.,
Deux Chateaux Blanc 2-303,
1356 Kobuchi, Kasukabe,
Saitama, Japan
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