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Re: Fundulus cingulatus
F. cingulatus is now considered to be F. auroguttatus; at least it's still
the same genus. For some future fun, the genus Fundulus is considered to be
considered by systematists to be polyphyletic and arguments will likely be
made to split the current genus of 30-some species into at least 2 and as
many as 5 genera. The most likely to go will be the 2 Pacific coast species,
F. parvipinnis and (my mind blanks as I type for the other species...). Both
DNA and morphological evidence point to an ancient divide between these 2
species and the other Fundulids.
As noted here before, we live in an age of splitters, especially as
molecular evidence accumulates.
(shameless plug: visit the Fundulus web page,
http://www.aka.org/aka/gallery/fundulus/index.htm which will hopefully be
updated today or tomorrow)
>Date: Sat, 8 Apr 2000 19:34:50 -0700
>From: "R. Scott Page" <splendens at betta_org>
>Subject: Fundulus cingulatus
>On the webpage http://www.aka.org/AKA/Clubs/ClubPages/SKS/publication.html
>I see reference to the following article.
>Fundulus Cingulatus is No More - by Harry Specht, Vol II, Issue 6
>Now I'm really cheezed! My students and I've spent this year trying to
>breed native killies I collected last summer. So far we have killed the
>only trio of Fundulus lineolatus, killed both pair of F. chrysotus, and the
>black spotted F. chrysotus, killed the Lucania goodei. and have had not one
>egg or fry from the Leptolucania ommata.
>Our Fundulus Cingulatus is our only native killie success. We now have
>several dozen of them and we have our first F1's set up to spawn. So.....
>What's up with this? I'd hate to end up trying to sell a fish that's
>classified incorrectly.......again. Been there done that!
>R. Scott Page -- Hanford High School -- Aquatic Biology
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