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Re: NFC: Re: mystery exotic catfish taken on Titusville FL weekend fishing trip

one of the Bosses of the USGS Non indeginous fishes (Jim WIlliams) is on
the NFC BOT and would be interested if its a new occurence

On Tue, 28 Nov 2000 11:35:10 -0500 "Doug Dame" <dameda at shands_ufl.edu>
> Jim Capelle wrote: 
> >>   Well as I see Chris is taken care of the picture, my vote 
> >>  is now Pauauchenipterus galeatus by looking at the tail 
> >>  shape and coloring showing today.
> Pauauchenipterus galeatus ?  Is that spelling correct?  How 'bout 
> "Parauchenipterus galeatus" (aka the Driftwood Catfish) ?  I can't 
> find a picture of that on the web, though. 
> Chris' pictures are good on shape and color (light red-brown) of the 
> fish as seen in the tank, but the fresh-caught-in-the-hand 
> coloration was much more festive ....it didn't strike me as a brown 
> fish at all, it was greenish-purple-ish with bright green-apple 
> patches on the gill cover and face, with long (1/2" on a 2" fish) 
> black barbels. (I wasn't sure it even had 2 prs of barbels until I 
> saw 'em swimming in a tank, but it does.) Cross-section distinctly 
> triangular, like a corydoras. Definitely has a major-league stand-up 
> dorsal fin. May be a juvenile of course, which could complicate 
> things. (Mine are still in a water mix that's still 60% the dark 
> tannic water they came from, so I can't see 'em clearly enough yet 
> to give a much better description.)
> I don't see anything on the USGS's "Nonindigenous Aquatic Species" 
> website ( http://nas.er.usgs.gov/  ), or the Florida IFAS section on 
> exotic fish, that strikes me as being likely to be this fish.  Some 
> of the USGS-NAS listings don't have a picture of the fish in 
> question though, and I personally have no knowledge of "aquarium 
> catfish" to bring to bear on this ID problem. They don't document 
> Par. galeatus as being found in Florida. (Not that that means it's 
> not, of course.)
> Chris (Guppenberger) ==>  Did you send copies of the Exo-Cat (tm) 
> pictures to your USGS exotics contact ?
> d.d.
> --------------------------------
> Doug Dame
> Interlachen FL USA

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