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Re: newyearwishes from vasu.india
> vasu wish youhappy millenium year &wish you to do successfulin life
And a Happy New Year to the good people in Vasu!
I'm curious if there are killies near where the Sangeeth Fisheries is
located. The Chicago Killifish Association, located in the American Midwest,
near to where there are a couple of Fundulus species, has as it's club
emblem, an Indian killifish, Aplocheilus lineatus.
The story of how a female lineatus became our logo I do not even know. I do
know that George Maier, one of the AKA founders (and really the founder of
the Chicago KA in 1958 several years before the AKA) considered lineatus his
Aplo. lineatus, from some of the killie literature here, seems to be pretty
widely distributed along the coasts of the subcontinent. It would be of
interest to many of us on this list, if you do encounter lineatus or some of
the other Aplocheilus (panchax, blockii...) or even those "honorary killies"
the rice fishes. Also of interest would be what their habitats are like,
what their diets would include and whether there are local color varieties.
Many years ago, Dr. Bruce Turner, in a letter to an AKA publication, noted
that there was more variation among the Aplocheilus of India than many
Americans realized. He also felt that there was room for more collecting and
taxonomic work on even the well known lineatus. Perhaps Indian scientists
have done research would would not be known to typical aquarists elsewhere.
It is an irony found in several places in the world that local aquarists are
often more interested in fishes from elsewhere than in their local fauna. I
would admit a curiosity as to whether your interests lie more with local
species or exotics.
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