Yeah a dipnetting expedition would be awesome, I wish I could get away from work....Ive been putting in 48- 60 hrs a week mandatory overtime; right now is pretty hectic. I read someplace that thought there is two subspecies of Pirate perch, I dont know whats become of that though.
There are two described subspecies: Aphredoderus sayanus sayanus
along the Atlantic slope, and A. s. gibbosus
in the Mississippi valley, Great Lakes, and western Gulf Coastal Plain. Populations in the central/east Gulf Coastal Plain region and Florida are considered intergrades.
From Boltz, Jeffery M. and Jay R. Stauffer, Jr. 1993. Systematics of Aphredoderus sayanus (Teleostei: Aphredoderidae). Copeia 1993:81-93:
Overview.-The populations of A. sayanus could be divided into three morphological groups: (1) north- and mid-Atlantic Slope; (2) southern Atlantic Slope and eastern Gulf Slope; and(3) western Gulf Slope, Great Lakes, and Mississippi Valley populations. Populations from the north- and mid-Atlantic Slope usually could be identified by having three anal-fin spines, four dorsal-fin spines, 11 pectoral-fin rays, and 36-47 (usually <42) lateral-line scales. Populations from the western Gulf Slope, Great Lakes, and Mississippi Valley were characterized by usually
having two anal-fin spines, three dorsal-fin spines, 12 pectoral-fin rays, and 42-56 (usually >45) lateral-line scales. In addition, specimens from the north- and mid-Atlantic Slope had a lateral pigment stripe, whereas those from the Mississippi Valley and Gulf Slope did not. The southern Atlantic Slope and eastern Gulf Slope populations were intermediate; they usually had two or three anal-fin spines, three dorsal-fin spines, 11 or 12 pectoral-fin spines, and 37-56 (usually 43-48) lateral-line scales.