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Re: Fp. gardneri nigerianus Akamkpa Dark Morph
Wow! maybe I spoke too soon. Am I following correctly Wright that
ALL of your Akamkpa are dark? I am definitely finding the dark ones to be a
minority in my population. I have one week's spawn that appears to all be
light, with no darks at all (though some may be a bit too young to show
yet). I would be interested in learning about where my fish came from. I
got one pair at the Convention auction. Does anyone on the list have any
idea who might have sent them in?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Wright Huntley" <huntley1 at home_com>
To: <killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 22, 2000 12:53 PM
Subject: Re: Fp. gardneri nigerianus Akamkpa Dark Morph
> [Chuckling in Fremont}
> I had reached the same conclusion as Monte. There possibly is no dark
> as it is the basic color of all of mine, too. I think Jay has a "golden"
> morph and perhaps was unaware of it.
> While Ken Lazara has left these guys as a subspecies of *gardneri* in the
> upcoming KMI, there is considerable evidence (with support growing in the
> literature) that they are truly a unique species in the Gardneri group.
> [Ken's reasoning is sound, I feel, as he pointed out to me that there has
> been no recent comprehensive review of the whole group by competent
> Nevertheless, Prof. Huber has listed them as a separate species in
> Killi-Data 2000. [That, alone, may be enough to keep the British and
> hobbyists from accepting any nomen change for another 20 years. <VBG>]
> PS. Monte: How about a brief description of the differences in your four
> locations? We don't get to see all of those much of the time.
> Monty Lehmann wrote:
> > Hi Jay!
> > I finally got around to looking at your photos
> > of your "dark" morph of gar. Akampha. This
> > dark morph has the same coloration and
> > intensity of an F1 strain of Akampa ( spelling
> > at the time) that I got from Germany in the
> > middle 1980's. In fact, it looks more like the
> > Akampa that I was familiar with, than its tank-
> > mates in the picture.( does this make the pale
> > colored Akampas "light morph" if I keep them
> > again since I was used to the dark kind being
> > the normal variety?
> > It might interest you to know that the F1 that
> > I had produced absolutely beautiful lyretails for
> > a period. I have a slide of one of the lyretails
> > in my slide collection. I entered the lyretail in
> > one of the AKA conventions and it brought a
> > considerable amount of money at the time for
> > a gardneri!
> > By the way, I still like gardneri and I currently
> > have four strains: Lokoja, Misaje, Jos-Plateau
> > and Mamfense-Ossing.
> > Regards,
> Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 612-1467
> *Rollofia* as a generic name has become the verbal equivalent
> of *Gambusia* in a desert spring.
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