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RE: Moss locations

Nick Wise wrote:

 >I've seen information stating that the aquatic moss Fissidens fontanus
 >can be found in the Tennessee River. Anyone live near it? Might be
 >worth a try...

Nick, could that have been the Little Tennessee River?  I ask because the 
species name, fontanus, makes me think of the Fontana lake area, which is 
part of the Little Tennessee River along the border between the Smoky 
Mountains National Park and the Nantahala National Forest.  I spend a lot 
of time in these areas, so I can look around next time I'm 
there.  Hopefully within a couple of weeks I'll be able to get some free time.

If it is in fact the "big" Tennessee River, did the info you saw indicate 
whether the moss is found throughout the river or just in specific 
locations? I'm only familiar with the eastern end of the river where it is 
formed by the confluence of the Holston and French Broad rivers and I can't 
remember seeing any moss that I'd consider aquarium friendly, but aquatic 
gardening didn't overtake my sanity until about a year ago, so I doubt I 
would have registered it if I did come across any.

Obviously, I'll need a reference pic or decent line drawing of the moss, 
because I don't think I'd know F. fontanus if it walked up and introduced 
itself to me.

I will make an attempt to contact some folks I know in the biology dept at 
the university before I set out. Maybe they can point me in the right 
direction or send me to someone else who can. I also know some people at 
TVA that might can help.


Chuck Huffine
Knoxville, Tennessee  USA
mailto: grendel at usit_net