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Re: Need California native fish (& WATER PLANTS!)

On Wed, 29 Jul 1998 Ramseyers at AOL_COM wrote:

> I will be studying the book in the next week or so, but prior to doing so I
> believe that some of the fish I am interested in are California natives from
> the Cyprinodontidae, Lucania, Fundulus, Heterandria, and Poecilia genera.  Do
> you know where I can obtain them?

I'm afraid you are living in the wrong state!  :-)  The only california native
of those fishes in Cyprinodon macularius.  If you had have been here 2-3 or so
million years ago you probably could have caught Fundulus though!  The
introduced Poecilia gracilis lives in an area around the Salton Sea, they
escaped from an old fish farm there.  I can get you some likely more specific
locations to find them at if you ever need it. 
> As I stated in previous mail, I'm going CA native trying to preserve CA
> species.

Unfortunately you will not be given permission to keep any fish that are
Federally listed as endangered, nor likely any fish that are state listed.
Provisions were not made for aquarists when this legislation was drawn up.
Cyprinodon macularius is a federally listed species, hence you can't keep it
legally and they don't issue permits to aquarists.


Peter J Unmack 			peter.unmack at asu_edu
DESERT FISHES RULE: To boldly thrive where no other fish can make it!

Australian desert fishes pages at http://ozdesertfish.base.org (don't 
forget to visit the Desert Fishes Council pages too)
Native Fish Australia pages at http://www.nativefish.asn.au
North American Native Fishes Association at http://www.nanfa.org 
Aquatic Conservation Network at http://www.acn.ca