Thursday, August 9, 2007

Hail The Mosquitofish

We don't know about you, but suddenly our walks with the dog leave us scratching our ankles and wishing we had dosed ourselves with some insect repellent. The mosquitoes are back! Today comes word from WaPo that some jurisdictions are fighting the scourge with mosquitofish. Gambusia affinis holbrooki are native to our area, though many of the local streams struggle to sustain the population, according to this 2001 survey (pdf). Here's a link to a state fact sheet.

Warning: The invasive species can have a "negative affect" on other smaller fish (we think that means they eat them).

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