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Re: NFC: Range info on Natives

It is my understanding that the field guide range maps reflect historical ranges where the fish were documented as being present and can be viewed as somewhat dated.   This doesn't mean that the fish can't be found outside of these areas, through natural range expansion, bait bucket introductions, F&G stocking, etc.  I think the best way to use the range maps is as areas where the fish were historically located and are probably still there, and may be in other adjacent areas.

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>Date: Mon, 26 Apr 1999 10:23:33 EDT
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>I am not sure when the text for the Audubon and Petersons guides was written 
>and from what sources they draw thier info, but, I have found at least 2 
>species in South Florida outside thier stated range. Elassoma evergladei and 
>Fundulus confluentus, the Elassoma are supposed to only be as far south as 
>the Lake, however I have sampled them as far south as freshwater here goes 
>from the Glades. F. confluentus isn't even mentioned in the Petersons' 
>Freshwater Guide but is in the Coastal Fishes Guide as a brackish/salt fish 
>yet, in reality, I have sampled it throughout the Everglades in completely 
>freshwater. So, although the guides we use are a wonderful base line to pull 
>info from, they are not completely acurate, at least with respect to the 
>range of these fish. Just an observation.  : )
>BTW, the waters I've mentioned here are natural, as far as they can be after 
>the Army Corp's interferance, and not the canals where most my fishing is 
>          Daryl

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