Re: NANFA-- Bluenose shiner news

Bruce Stallsmith (
Sat, 13 Sep 2003 20:14:01 -0400

Just as a for-instance, I checked the status of Pt. welaka according to
NatureServe at and
found that the Intl. Union for the Conservation of Nature rates welaka as
"vulnerable". It's critically imperiled in Georgia and Louisiana, imperiled
in Alabama, vulnerable in Mississippi and apparently stable in Florida
according to the state Natural Heritage Programs. There's even a nice
looking map of the species' range based on various sources. So here's a case
where we know something about the species, but even so I'm not convinced
this is the complete picture. Is it OK to collect in Florida but not the
other states? This is the level of detail we face for decisions on a whole
buncha species.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A
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