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Re: Rivulus cylindraceus in Florida -- I don't think so
There is a good two part series in Aquarium Fish Mag on collecting fish in
Florida. The articles are in the Nov.98 and the Dec.98 issues. They are very
AUS62 at aol_com wrote:
> 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.
> Yours, Harry