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Old 04-01-2013, 12:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is driving me crazy. I'm trying to find a list or picture guide to all the species of fish in CT and the New England area. All I keep finding is a list of fish that people catch for sport, not a list of fish that might be nice to keep in our aquariums. Does anyone know where I can find a complete list of freshwater fish for CT?
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There is a book of Calif fish like that, maybe there is an east coast equivalent.
(can't find it now... my son had it)

Peterson Field Guide, Freshwater Fishes contains non-sport fish too. Covers North America, N of Mexico. Lots of maps.
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Contact CT DEEP?
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Default Re: List of freshwater fish species in Connecticut?

You might check U.S.G.S.'s website. They've got a pretty comprehensive listing, IIRC.

They survey the Norwalk river on a pretty regular basis, and I've chatted with them there. They had some tesselated darters in their bucket, and later discovered what appear to be mosquitofish. (Right where I suggested they look . . . )

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Werner's Freshwater Fishes of the Northeastern United States is a comprehensive one that covers neighboring states as well. It addresses both game and nongame species.

DEEP's site indicates Whitworth's Freshwater Fishes of Connecticut as the "definitive" work; having never read it myself, I honestly couldn't say. I do know that we have far less FW diversity than, say, NY (but NY is also several times the size of CT).

There aren't a ton of species here particularly interesting to aquarists, but some worth looking into are the tesselated/Johnny darter, the Fundulus killifish (F. diaphanus is best for freshwater, but mummichogs—F. heteroclita—are a pretty euryhaline species, or at least the males are pretty). A good brackish option is the sheepshead minnow, Cyprinodon variegatus, which are fun chubby little guys with interesting patterns. Tadpole madtoms, Noturus gyrinus, are the most aquarium-suitable of our native catfish, maxing out at roughly 4-5".

Most of the sunfish (Centrarchidae) make good pets, much like cichlids. Some Lepomis species are gems—pumpkinseeds are pretty and easy to find, and introduced longear sunfish are stunning in breeding dress. Enneacanthus sunfish, unfortunately, aren't legal to take here, or else I'd be all over them.
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