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Re: Florida Flag Fish Forever
Easy there Dwight. If you look I put the winking
emoticon. It was said in jest, though the original
"common name" is AFF American Flag Fish I believe.
Also, I am curious as to how my using a free email
address denigrates my opinion or knowledge (or lack
there of). I use a free email address so that I can
access anywhere I choose. I promised myself I would
not ever argue with a mindspring customer again, but
it went to far ;-) (<=== that was a joke) Anyhow, yes
you have a right to make up a common name for every
fish you see, but that does not make it legitimate any
more than all the thousands of posters on the web make
the misuse of then and than or your and you're
correct. I will try to do some research on it, but I
am fairly certain that the original "common name" is
American Flag Fish. You are free to call it FFF or
even Martian Algae Eater, and you are no less correct
than those who use AFF. I gotta go feed my Dinner
Plate Cichlids now (you may have heard them called
discus ;-) but those people are wrong).
Date: Sat, 06 Apr 2002 07:29:47 -0500
From: Dwight <boukmn at mindspring_com>
Subject: Florida Flag Fish Forever
>Discuss the pros and cons of wheter the Florida Flag
>Fish is named correctly...
This misses the point. There is no "right" or "wrong"
in a common
You might as well try to argue that Siamese Fighting
Fish is "wrong" as
common name and insist we all call the fish a Betta.
This is just as pointless.
>There is no Florida Flag Fish. It is the American
>Fish. The people calling it Florida Flag fish are
I promised myself I'd avoid being drawn into another
did! Especially by someone using a free email
address. The list has
so much carnage lately and there seems so many more
important things to
discuss. I for one, have done my best to avoid the
they have gotten done right dangerous lately. But this
is one for the
newbies: Florida Flag Fish is a common and accepted
floridae far and wide. This name appears in online
publications, pet stores, wholesalers....you name it.
The fish in a
American Killifish that evolved in Florida and is also
now found in
of south GA. The arguements on both sides for the
name Florida Flag
or American Flag Fish are logical and quite valid.
The AFF people base
their name on the way they think the fish looks like.
lighting conditions they think they see patterns that
Flag. We FFF people base the name on its undisputed
region of origin
warm state of Florida) which is also what the
scientific name is based
A happy medium was long ago reached of "we'll agree to
of name, while seriously IDs are done with the
floridae". I count several in the "American Flag
Fish" crowd as my
The only people who want to make an issue of insisting
on AFF as a
common name and that the FFF people are "wrong" only
want a fruitless
arguement, since they are in no position to insist on
wrongness of a COMMON name that has historical,
regional, national and
international acceptance. Please check the archives.
very, very few such insistant individuals who want to
try to "bully"
Florida Flag Fish name out of existence to satisfy
their own egos.
just one or two. It is testiment to their futility
that one or two of
try to lable us FFF people as "wrong" periodically
that they think they
losing the newbies. We FFF people never call them
wrong. We think
have a right to any common name they choose for
we. Its called freedom of speech. Not an
insignificant concept as we
how costly it is to defend that freedom against
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