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Booklet of endangered species for reference

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#1 scolba

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 10:42 PM

Hey Folks!

Newb here...planning a big local river biotope tank build in the future (journaling the build over here: Mackinaw River Tank - 265 Gal),so am learning the basics now of collecting and identification.

So I was wondering if there was some sort of laminated booklet out there that has color images of endangered species that could be used for reference? The idea being that i could keep it with me in case I net something that looks close, and could document and return it right away. I was thinking of making one, but thought there might be one made already.


Edited by scolba, 20 June 2017 - 10:45 PM.

#2 mattknepley

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 06:22 AM

Welcome, Scolba! Took a look at your link- that's one big honkin' tank! I love these kind of projects, have a couple I'd like to do themed around my days as a kid and my family's history. (I dabble in the genealogy, too.) Don't reckon mine will be so large scale, though!

As for laminated booklets (cheat sheets to me) there is an excellent guide done of redhorses by our very own Olaf, and you can check out his stuff at moxostoma.com. He's an Illinois boy. Ben Cantrell is not long for Illini-country, but is a fisherman of friendly vengeance, and has likely hooked every fish in your state from smallest fry to biggest behemoth. They are two excellent references for your area. We have others, but they are not terribly forum-active so to speak. Ben and Olaf are crazy busy, but they will probably be happy to provide you any deets they have.

Otherwise, I don't know if there is a laminated cheat sheet type deal for IL endangered species. What might be a good option for you, especially if you aren't in a hurry, is to get the most recent edition of Peterson's Fishes of North America by Page and Burr online or where-ever as well as a list of no-no fishes for IL from the appropriate state agency. Look up the forbiddens in Peterson's and double check to see if they occur in the Mackinaw drainage. That will give you a pretty good foundation on which to start. Then highlight, index, et cetera as fits your mindset. Not as good as a cheat sheet, but a start. The more fish books the better of course (someone doing a 265 planted stream build knows this already, I know. I routinely use multiple field guides to help me id a tricky fish. So build ya a library.

Lastly, thanks for joining us, and THANK YOU for checking up on legalities before starting! We pride ourselves on "being legal" here, even when that's painful...
Matt Knepley
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."

#3 gerald

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 08:19 AM

In addition to federal and state lists of endangered and threatened species, there may also be some species you're not allowed to transport alive due to disease risk or invasive species risk.  Every state has different rules.  Hopefully some current IL native fish hobbyists will chime in soon.

Gerald Pottern
Hangin' on the Neuse
"Taxonomy is the diaper used to organize the mess of evolution into discrete packages" - M.Sandel

#4 scolba

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  • Bloomington, IL

Posted 21 June 2017 - 10:53 AM

I appreciate the welcome and the thoughts guys! I have been in touch with Ben regarding local regs and our conversation has continued.  :)  I will def check out that book that you reccommend, Matt, thanks! 


Gerald, you are quite right.  There are quite a few species that are prohibited from being transported due to VHS.  Thankfully there are plenty in the watershed we are targeting that aren't subject to that restriction.  So the project can live on!!  :D


Thanks again guys!

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