The first general description of North Carolina’s fish fauna was written by Thomas Ash in 1682. Our first state-specific checklist was provided by John Lawson in 1709 which was received in such high regard that it was later plagiarized extensively by John Brickell in 1737. Since becoming an official state of the Union in 1789, … Read more Identification of North Carolina Freshwater Fishes
Longear Sunfish Lepomis megalotis was first reported from North Carolina by Edward Drinker Cope in 1870, but its whereabouts in the state had been a mystery for almost 150 years. Published literature perpetuated the occurrence of Longear Sunfish and eventually in 1986, its extirpation. Vouchered specimens from Cope’s 1869 survey and 1870 publication are not … Read more Mystery of the Longear Sunfish’s Occurrence in North Carolina Solved
Acoustic signals of the Sheepshead Minnow, Cyprinodon variegatus.
I’ve collected tons of video over the years, mostly from GoPros and cellphones. In an attempt to both share some of these videos, and to free up tons of storage space, I have begun to upload them here and on YouTube. These videos will hopefully start to play a role in our collection blogs, and … Read more Campostoma anomalum Video
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Every once in a while we get wind of a oddball fish caught or landed in North Carolina. Today was one of those days! We were forwarded an email from a colleague and friend, Chip Collier, at the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, regarding a grouper caught off of Beaufort Inlet. Chip thought it was … Read more Tiger Grouper
On Friday, November 25th, Fritz and I met up with Tim to explore the Lynches River and surrounding waterbodies in South Carolina. We had a few sites in mind that Fritz’s had visited in the 80’s, and came up with an itinerary. Being Thanksgiving weekend, we all came from different parts of the state, and … Read more Thanksgiving trip to SC
Work has kept us pretty busy lately, so in the spirit of adding new content as often as possible, I wanted to share some pictures from a few years ago. The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus thynnus is an incredibly large, fast growing, and pelagic fish native to just about the entire Atlantic basin. Our job was … Read more Bluefin Tuna Sampling
Lately we have been playing around with shooting fish on white backgrounds. The gist of the process is to use two strobes behind a phototank and pointing at a white wall, then a third strobe to illuminate the fish. You want to overexpose the wall to create the white background. The process is a bit … Read more New Photography Methods
In the last few months, Ryan Crutchfield over at www.fishmap.org, has been working to create an API in order for us to display his wonderful range maps on ncfishes. Because this coincided with a database rewrite, we have been slow to implement it, but I wanted to share a sneak peek of what … Read more Fishmap.org