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To Salvage One Endangered Fish Species, Scientists Consider Breeding It with Another

By Ashley P. Taylor | November 21, 2012 8:42 am

spacing is importantThe Ash Meadows pupfish, which may soon form a hybrid species
with its cousin, the Devils Hole pupfish.

The Devils Hole pupfish is an endangered species whose only natural habitat is Devils Hole, a hot spring at the bottom of a hole 500-feet deep which leads to limestone caverns. The fish is suited to its niche environment, requiring extremely hot water, low oxygen levels, and a particular limestone ledge to spawn on. If University of Colorado conservation biologists have their way, it could be the subject of a conservation experiment, writes Hillary Rosner at Wired: in order to salvage some of dying species’ genes, they want to mate it with another species, creating a vigorous hybrid that could supplant the original species.

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