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Dabbling in the Ozarks

May 24, 2016

The next morning Ken and I explored some more spots in southern Missouri.  Ken was keen on checking off all the species in the Lepomis genus and that he did!

A tiny trickle of a stream produced a new species of darter.

Brook darterP5214002 1024x768 Dabbling in the Ozarks

Nearby frogwater produced a new species of sunfish.

Redspotted sunfishP5214001 1024x768 Dabbling in the Ozarks

As well as some other remarkably coloured specimens.

Dollar sunfishP5213997 1024x768 Dabbling in the Ozarks

Green sunfishP5213960 1024x768 Dabbling in the Ozarks

I caught this topminnow that I had thought was a blackstripe, but finding out later that there are mostly blackspotted in this area I can’t call it either way.

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However, I did manage a new species of topminnow at another spot.

Starhead topminnowP5213931 1024x768 Dabbling in the Ozarks

As well as yet another new darter.  I can’t believe how many different species of darters there are…

Slough darterP5213946 1024x767 Dabbling in the Ozarks

That evening we had some time to check out one of Ben’s spots near our campsite.  I was pretty out of it at this point in the trip.  At one point Ken quoted me as proclaiming “Woah it’s Africa…”

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Regardless, we got to the spot.

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We ended up with an absolute mess of stonerollers, a fish that we’ve failed to find back home time after time!

Central stonerollerP5214089 1024x768 Dabbling in the Ozarks

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No shortage of sculpins either.

Knobfin sculpinP5214023 1024x768 Dabbling in the Ozarks

Bleeding shinerP5214148 1024x767 Dabbling in the Ozarks

Ozark minnowP5214098 1024x768 Dabbling in the Ozarks

Rainbow darterP5214168 1024x768 Dabbling in the Ozarks

Returning to our campsite after dark, we were in amazement at the sheer number of deer!  Almost everywhere we looked, deer, deer and more deer.

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