Japanese Weather Loach (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus) Salt Creek Woods Westchester Cook County IL September 2015 Week #39 Jeff Skrentny IMG_3076
I had to surrender my camera at the cave entrance so wasn't able to photograph the wild fish I observed in an underground lake. The photo accompanying this observation is of a captive fish in the small museum at the cave site, so is largely illustrative. I was told the aquarium fish were collected from the wild population.
The Cypriniformes are an order of ray-finned fish, including the carps, minnows, loaches and relatives. This order contains five to six families, over 320 genera, and more than 3,250 species, with new species being described every few months or so, and new genera being recognized frequently. They are most diverse in southeastern Asia, but are entirely absent from Australia and South America.