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#1 Auban

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 08:49 PM

I came across this article and figured the good folks here would probably like to know about it.

Snakeheads have been found in a lake in mississippi.

https://www.usnews.c...-in-mississippi
"The ecologist is continually having to look at the aspects of nature with which he is unfamiliar and perforce must be an amateur for much of his working time.... professionals may carp at omissions, misconstructions, or even downright errors in these pages. perhaps ultimately they may forgive them for the sake of the overall vision that only the amateur, or the ecologist, blithely sets out to experience."G. Evelyn Hutchinson

#2 centrarchid

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:49 PM

Somebody is moving this stuff around purposely.  Like eco-terrorism.


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#3 littlen

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 07:24 AM

It's sad, but unavoidable.  Make way Cali, only a matter of time......


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#4 centrarchid

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 10:13 AM

Are we certain someone is not doing some Johnny Apple Seeding on this?  Populations too scattered to be result of a single release.


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#5 littlen

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:27 PM

^ agreed


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#6 centrarchid

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:57 PM

I would be look at DNA to see if the stocks are being founded from the set set of brood stock.  If I were to do this with ill intent I would have a hatchery pond or two where I breed up lots of a few thousand fish.  A fingerprint for such an approach should be obvious.

 

I withhold particulars of how stockers would be prepped to increase odds of recruitment in the first breeding season.


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#7 gerald

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 03:21 PM

They were sold alive in Asian markets all over the US prior to being banned.  Several other snakeheads used to be popular in the aquarium trade, especially C. micropeltes, but I never recall seeing C. argus in aquarium shops.  USGS has reported locations mapped: https://nas.er.usgs....?speciesid=2265


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#8 centrarchid

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 03:30 PM

Crap, they are coming into MO by way of some of my favorite rivers in SE MO.

 

Thanks for for the link.  The pretty red species cannot take cold.  I kept those a pets back in the 1980's.  


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