Elassoma gilberti or evergladei (split from a longer topic)
Posted 11 September 2013 - 03:58 PM
Just to be clear, there is no opinion here that Erica did anything wrong. The assumption is that she purchased fish from a licensed vendor and received fish which were not what she had expected. These species are difficult to distinguish, especially at a small size so it is understandable. There are certainly more identifying characteristics separating these fish than anal rays though so hopefully the original collector will read some of the comments of the experts that have posted here so that they may be able to more readily separate the two species in the future.
The streamside ID requirement is used when people go collecting and catch something that they are unfamiliar with and unsure of. If they can get to genus and then establish that there are no protected species found in their area in that genus then there are no issues. If they catch a silvery minnow and there are 2 protected or rare silvery minnows in the area, then they need to take a stream side photo and release the fish. We are looking for common sense to be used.
Posted 11 September 2013 - 04:03 PM
I created a new thread in the ID Assistance forum and would like to move posts # 1058 to this one (# 1066?) into that new thread. I'm brand new as a moderator and havent figured that out yet. Michael, Matt, Josh - can you help?
Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:55 PM
Posted 11 September 2013 - 09:55 PM
I also vote that this be allowed. Nowhere near the line. Legally purchased from a licensed vendor is quite the opposite of wild caught. If the vendor took them from the wild, it's actually all the more important that they be properly identified by the end buyer. Even if (especially if) a protected species were involved, that's the minimum responsibility of the person receiving them I think. If you order something online, and receive something else that is endangered, several additional actions seem to be required, and a definitive ID is certainly one of them.
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