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Collecting in Ocala

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#1 BigWillyTheWonka

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  • Florida

Posted 25 July 2022 - 01:54 PM

Hello. I just moved to the Ocala area. I have no idea where to even begin to look for some species that I'd like to observe in the wild.

I'm looking for any pygmy sunfish species, Lucania goodei (bluefin killifish), Pteronotropis welaka (bluenose shiner), Pteronotropis signipinnis (flagfin shiner), or Pteronotropis metallicus (metallic shiner). Any tips or help pointing me in the right direction would be very greatly appreciated.

Edited by BigWillyTheWonka, 25 July 2022 - 01:55 PM.

#2 lilyea

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  • Peace River Watershed, Central Florida, USA

Posted 26 July 2022 - 11:23 AM

Please remember that P. welaka are designated as threatened in Florida (not federally listed) which affects the rules regarding collection.  I have collected throughout central Florida, however it has been quite some time since I have collected in the Ocala area so I don't have any specific sites to share.  You should be able to find L. goodei around the edges of slow moving ponds (in similar locations to where you would find Fundulus chrysotus).

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