Zach Alley

Zach Alley

I'm a naturalist with special interest in ichthyofauna. Miami University (Ohio) with a bachelors in Zoology. I work during the field season in ecological assessment, and spend the off season photographing the incredible diversity of fishes in my home state of Ohio and surrounding states
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    1. Thanks! This was a male guarding a nest so he was in full color. I used my seine to cover his nest while I photographed him, so nothing got to his offspring. I went back to the same spot the next day, and he was doing his thing like nothing happened
    2. Thank you! They really are bizarre fish
    3. Thank you! This fish was an easy subject, he was very photogenic
    4. Thanks Christine!
    5. Oops, got it! It seems like it's always present to some degree from what I've seen from populations in other river systems. This is my first time encountering this population of redlines, so I'm not sure what they look like outside of spawning season.
    6. We're very lucky that this is one of the most common darter species in Ohio!
    7. Comment on Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) one month ago
      Hi Joe. Where was this fish caught? This is a species of Ambloplites, rather than Lepomis. Depending on location, its either a Rock Bass, Shadow Bass or Roanoke Bass.
    8. They are adorable! After getting a few in hand I had to bring back a couple that seemed spawned out for my aquarium. So glad you're enjoying these photos as well, your words are great motivation! The spines on the head are tubercles specifically, and the males grow them annually during spawning season (that's when this particular population also aquires that fiery red color). If I can find a picture of one ill post it in the comments, but my friend and Ohios non game fish biologist of sorts told me about this particular population, and he has some awesome photos of them achieving their maximum color potential. They are beauties.
    9. Thank you so much! I really enjoy your appreciation for these photos. I'm definitely planning on making posters and plates with these images once I have photographed enough individuals to work with!
    10. Comment on Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa latipes) 2 months ago
      Woah!