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Re: NFC: Re: mystery exotic catfish taken on Titusville FL weekendfishing trip

Just my opinion but I do agree with Matt on the Hoplosternum species of
I will look on planetcatfish and see what I find...
Charles A.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Scott D. Goett" <sdgoett at ufl_edu>
To: <nfc at actwin_com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2000 1:24 PM
Subject: Re: NFC: Re: mystery exotic catfish taken on Titusville FL
weekendfishing trip

> According to the planet catfish website (www.planetcatfish.com),
Parauchenipterus galeatus is the Starry Woodcat and doesn't seem to look
much like the pictures of your mystery catfish.
> Scott
> Doug Dame wrote:
> > 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