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for Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science Vol. 129 Issue 3, Fall 2013
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North Carolina’s river drainages continue to lose their faunal distinctiveness as nonnative fish species establish themselves and expand their distributions. In the Pee Dee River drainage of North Carolina and Virginia, thirty-four fish species, including three species of suckers, are nonindigenous.
Atlantic midshipman fish were collected off North Carolina between 1911 to 2012, and four were found in Pamlico Sound. Once abundant their numbers have declined after 1990 when ocean water temperatures changed from cool to warm. Today they are rarely caught or seen in North Carolina.
Molecular phylogenetic analyses revealed two new crustose lichen species (genus Loxospora) from the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain of eastern North America. One species was from Assateague Island, Maryland and the second species was from Tyrrell County, North Carolina.
Spinner sharks and blacktip sharks make jumps and spinning leaps out of the water. Examination of these sharks in North Carolina suggests that this behavior may occur in response to abrupt ocean water temperatures.