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Epiplatys near the nile was Re: Elegans fish
I followed Axel's link to the DKG site. I took a wrong turn <VBG> and wandered into the Epiplatys section. Using Systran's web site, I was able to translate most of the German into English. BTW, it's a very nice site.
I was scrolling down the graphics that show known locations on maps, when I notice that two of the species, E. spilagyreius & E. bitasciatus, had marks near the source of the Nile river. This caught my attention because I had always associated the African west coast as the source for Epiplatys (and Aphyosemians). I never really noticed inland locations before. Either I wasn't paying close attention or it's not a common bit of knowledge. Nor do I recall hearing much on either of there two species.
Anyway... I find this interesting. Have there been any JAKA articles on them in the past? Specifically, has anyone done any work on how these two species ended up isolated away from the coast? Dis the come from ancestors in the west? Or did the western species orignate near the nile? Were there other species further north that may have disappeared as the climate changed into desert? Ethiopia and other northern countries (Sudan or Lybia maybe?) have been in the news in recent years as producing rich, new dinosaur fossil finds. I wonder if they're finding any younger fossils, like fish (killie relatives?).
So many questions <G>!
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