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Re: collecting 7/12/98

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From: Phylesis at aol_com <Phylesis at aol_com>
To: nfc at actwin_com <nfc at actwin_com>
Date: Tuesday, July 21, 1998 10:05 PM
Subject: collecting 7/12/98

> Did some collecting this eve. in lovely downtown Davie.

Where's Davie? I know I've heard of it, but I can't place it right now.

> And now for the odd catch of the day. It's about 3 1/2",
>a body similar to a darter, 2 seperate dorsal fins the 2nd higher , the 1st
>with 7 spines, the 2nd with 10. Round tail. It's coloring at the time of
>removal was light olive yellow on the body to white belly with pale red
>spots,irradically along it's flank. It's dorsal and anal fins are clear but
>mottled with pale pink. Large round, clear pectoral fins. Though darter
>in appearance, body shape and fins, it's eyes are lower on it's head, more
>like a top minnow. I'm baffled, nothing in the book on this one, any ideas

Sounds like a sleeper (fa. Eleotridae). You might look at them in the
saltwater Peterson's Guide. They are not uncommon in coastal freshwater in
Florida. Species such as the fat sleeper, Dormitator maculatus, can be much
more colorful than indicated in the Peterson Guide. However, if Davie is in
south Florida (as I believe it is), you know to expect the unexpected.

Ed Matheson