Re: [RML] Re: Hybrid ethics-

peter.unmack at ASU.Edu
Mon, 02 Feb 1998 15:49:10 -0700 (MST)

On Tue, 3 Feb 1998 andrew.boyd at wrote:

> So we've started into this thread again? ;)

I couldn't resist, anyway Brucy started it. :-) And no, I wasn't going to
start it again (though you did complain that things were getting boring
around here....). But I will say just a little bit. :-)

> If imported rainbows were going to escape our keeping systems and
establish in > the wild wouldn't they have already done so? :)

Ever been to Cairns? Take a look in Freshwater Creek and tell me what
species you find. Amazing isn't it, everywhere else splendidas and tris
are sympatric, yet in that creek they appear to hybridise. Why is that?
Perhaps because tris are not native to that stream. Now, this whole
thing has yet to be fully documented, but available information suggests
that is the situation. Sure, tris are a native species, not a PNG one,
but it could have been a herbie or parkinsoni for all intense purposes.

Is that good enough for ya?


Peter J Unmack peter.unmack at
DESERT FISHES RULE: To boldly thrive where no other fish can make it!

Australian desert fishes pages at (don't
forget to visit the Desert Fishes Council pages too)
Native Fish Australia pages at
North American Native Fishes Association at