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Rob R



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 16 4:19 pm    Post subject: Fish ID  Reply with quote    

Any ideas what species this fish is? After heavy rain on Wednesday about a hundred of these little guys were left stranded in our field beside the drain & presumably came out of the farm pond. The coin is a 5p.



Nick



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 16 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not a clue, but if they keep bringing you money I'd advise you to encourage them.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 16 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's a Teleost. Possibly an immature one.

That said, there are some who say that there is no such thing as a fish...

Rob R



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 16 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
Not a clue, but if they keep bringing you money I'd advise you to encourage them.


I wish! There's not a lot on them to eat...

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 16 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looks like a minnow that's been dead for some time.
A live one.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 16 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Heavy rain on Wednesday, photographed on Thursday.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 16 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rob R wrote:
Heavy rain on Wednesday, photographed on Thursday.

It may have died on Monday: there is nothing to say that it swam onto the field. Could be that a heron threw up...

Rob R



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 16 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hairyloon wrote:
Rob R wrote:
Heavy rain on Wednesday, photographed on Thursday.

It may have died on Monday: there is nothing to say that it swam onto the field. Could be that a heron threw up...


They definitely weren't there on Tuesday, and a hundred is a lot to throw up... My first thought was a predator stash but couldn't think why any animals would do that, leaving them out in the open. The chickens were picking at them today, though.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 16 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We're thinking stickleback because of the very slender tail and the stripes. Might have to try catching some lives ones to compare.

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 16 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Easy way to tell stickleback is lift the dorsal fin & count the spines.
I'll bet a 50p to that 5p it's a minnow.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 16 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I better get myself a fishing rod...

A true minnow? I can't find a picture with such a narrow tail. I examined the bodies but they're all a bit past it now.

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 16 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think it's a female stickleback.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 16 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

im not sure,
it aint very fresh
it probably isnt some of the suggestions so far as it does not have features they would have even if they were a bit stale and bloated
for instance the right sort of spines,colourings,shapes etc etc

it has characteristics of a few that might live in your pond but not all and some contradictory ones
dace,rudd roach and a few others can hybridize so my best suggestion is it might be a young mongrel of some type

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 16 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rudd & Roach have red fins.
Stickleback have spines.
Minnow like slow flowing, muddy bottomed fresh water.
Make a minnow trap, easier than trying to hook them.

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 16 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well they've certainly got slow/no flow, but the tail seems much too slender for a minnow. We shall have to see what we get. They must like the shallows to have got where they did.

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