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Re: Rivulus cylindraceus in Florida -- I don't think so
Jan Poetke: I fear that is an error. The only Rivulus native to the US is
Rivulus marmoratus Poey, the hermaphrodite. If some one has collected R.
cylindraceus, it is an introduced or exotic species. Florida is home to a
large number of exotics are most of the southern portions are tropical or
semitropical. I have, along the southwest coast personally collected Kuhli
loaches, Clarius batrachus, Jack Dempseys and even C. spilurum living happily
in little streams. Of course, we have tilapia all over the place. As one
approaches Miami in Dade county the numbers of exotics rivals the native
species and is a tremendous problem. It is possible someone has released R.
cylindraceus into Florida waters, but I have not heard of it. Cuba is
gradually "opening up" and soon one may be able to travel there and happily
collect his own wild fish.