Stranger Fruit

Good news for Desert Pupfish

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My post-doctoral research was in hybridization among endangered desert fishes here in the American Southwest, so it has made me happy to read that a new population of the endangered Desert pupfish (Cyprinodon macularius, above) has mysteriously appeared in man-made research ponds in Salton Sea, California. Many of the over 1000 specimens are juveniles, which has lead scientists to infer that substantial breeding is going on in the ponds.

Comments

  1. #1 CCP
    July 4, 2007

    The mechanisms of freshwater-fish dispersal have always puzzled me.
    No doubt you know Tony Echelle?

  2. #2 John Lynch
    July 5, 2007

    Echelle? Yes. But I haven’t worked on desert fishes for over ten years now.