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Re: Species maintenance ideas
>I suggest that every affiliate club compile a list of fish known to be in
>their area in the last year (not just members, BTW), plus a list of what
>they have auctioned in the last year or two. That compilation can be sent to
>Tom annually, and will be a lot easier than trying to get about a thousand
>members to respond.
>I believe in the case of BAKA, we have done that already, but the anonymity
>was kept at the local information-gatherer's site and not forwarded to Tom,
From experience, I know that asking everybody to send in their list to
somebody results in a very low turnout. Ditto with passing around a stud
book at the local monthly meetings. So here is what I have done at the
local killi club level. I started with all the local club monthly auction
and annual killifish show data and edit it down to an alphabetical list.
Then I added my own fish list into it. And then added a few fish that I
know in the area from people who otherwise would not advertise or volunteer
the information. This results in a very nice first cut draft list.
Then email it around to every killifish person in the local area (club or
non-club, doesn't matter) and imply that this is the comprehensive list of
every killifish currently in this area. No people are named in the list.
People who normally would not put together or send in a list will come out
of the woodworks to "correct" the draft list and make additions, when they
see that I "left off" a few of their fish. It is easier for everybody to
send in a short list of additions rather than for everybody to generate
their own larger lists. It is also much easier fro me to add a few
addtions to one master list than to receive a whole lot of lists (with
repetitions) and boil them down. Make the additions to the draft list, and
print out one copy to pass around the next club meeting, for any last
minute written inputs (maybe from the very few not on email). Then post
the finished list on your local club webpage, and email a copy (or the URL
address) to the attention of the AKA species maintenance person, Tom Grady.
Typing/wordprocessing of a whole year's worth of show data and auction data
would be overwhelming if done at one time. If this is done monthly (for
posting auction results on your club webpage or monthly club newsletter,
for example), then it is much easier to pull together at the end of the
year. I did this for 97 and 98, but this was not completed last year due
Try and fix the typos and misspellings you receive before you spread this
information around. The forthcoming KMI will be useful for current genus
and species spellings, but will not help with collection codes and
locations. I find that the DKG publication "Liste der Killifische" (Dec.
1996) is a very good source of correct collection codes and location data.
I really wish this was available on the internet for easy reference. Also
Roger Langton's Collections booklet is an important resource for correct
collection codes and locations.
The resulting local fish list product has limitations. The list is
qualitative, not quantitative. The list is anonymous. Perhaps this could
be expanded to a more standardized census-type product at a future time,
when there is a higher level of familiarity/trust with the concept of
listing the fishes in the area. We are not there yet.
If you don't have a critical mass of killifish persons in your area (or no
local club), then skip everything I said above and just send in your lists
annually to Tom Grady directly. I don't think it should matter if you are
an AKA member or not.
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