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Are everglades pygmy sunfish less colorful than other species?

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#1 Guest_Joshaeus_*

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 04:12 PM

Just a question I have from my personal research. Gilberti and okefenokee I've found lots of beautiful pictures of, but very few pictures of evergladei showed the black fish with blue sparkles (in contrast to the former two's stripes) I was expecting. Do evergladei not color up as easily as these species, or are the few black fish flukes?

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 04:29 PM

IME evergladei blacken-up just as nicely as okee and gilberti. Their iridescent colors are more blue-green to green-gold, rather than the bright blue of okee and gilberti, and they usually have scattered speckling instead of distinct bars, but they are just as striking in their own way. The least colorful pygmy is (fortunately?) the most endangered one, E. alabamae.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 04:42 PM

Thanks for the rapid response! Out of curiosity, what does zonatum look like?

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 04:50 PM

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 04:50 PM

E. zontaum is highly variable ... do an image search. In general the Atlantic slope ones have more distinct bands, and the MS/Gulf drainage ones are often more speckled. Here's a pair from near Fayetteville, NC (Cape Fear River basin).

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:55 PM

There's quite a lot of variation within the species, too. I mean, these are all Elassoma, probably okefenokee or gilberti:
my fish:
(gilberti) http://gallery.nanfa...rofile.jpg.html
other peoples' fish, unknown species:
http://2.bp.blogspot...%ADtulo - 3.jpg

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 12:12 PM

To be honest, there may be other species that are nicer than Evergladei, but mine are such a nice fish that I don't care. _And_ they like my hard local tapwater.

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 03:21 PM

*shrugs* My Elassoma gilberti bred in DH 17 water. Sunfish aren't picky about water hardness. I like that about them.

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