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Re: [Tom Barr] Amano Pearl Grass
Neil Frank in direct reference to me:
> Arbitrarily assiging species names to a plant is not good practice and,
> unfortunately contributes to the confusion regarding the identity of
> aquarium plants. This has been done by most sellers of aquatic plants over
> the years. PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE THIS PRACTICE.
To Tom Barr; I apologize for taking cheap shots at Neil Frank after
becoming enraged at the above comment. I should instead have responded to
it directly instead. For this I do apologize.
However, re-interpreting the accusatory intent of his words in the context
that he spoke them is revisionist. He accused me of "arbitrarily assigning
species names" when I did nothing of the sort.
I was infuriated by his accusatory comments and have every right to be!
Just because Frank is generally a "nice person" who has done great things
for the hobby does NOT give him ANY right to make personal attacks either.
This was how he intended his comments to come accross, this is how they
were interpreted by others, this is what HE himself realized too.
I too, am willing to accept that the fact that TRUE scientific names were
changed and that the new nomenclature is oft mixed w/ the old adds to the
confusion. I am willing to listen to any sound arguement about
nomenclature, but to deliberately single me out as a convenient example of
of hobbie naming practices he does'nt like in the hobbie is wrong. He
should have spoken in general terms b/c as you pointed out, this aint easy.
Case in point; the plant you are calling H. umbrosum
Amano calls Micranthemum umbrosum.
IMHO, whoever desided to CHANGE THESE PLANT'S SCIENTIFIC NAMES ended up
causing al this confusion.
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