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Re: what's a SJO? Latin Names
>Yes. I remember as a kid the explanation that common names vary and are
>changeable while the Latin ones are accurate & stick. My response was "
>at the Tiger Barb" who has remained a Tiger Barb even though the colors have
>changed. They have had at least 2 generic changes and God knows how many
>species they've been Now I'm faced with incredible changes in Killies since
>I left 20 yrs ago. I hope to catch up; but its slow; and its sort of a
>"putdown" for someone who once a long time ago thought he was a scientist.
O.k. so what are tiger barbs called in Australia? Germany? What about
"Royal plecos"? that name's applied to about 7 different species in three
genera. Furthermore, "tiger barbs" have stayed the same since they're so
freaking common. Anything that's only seen rarely will get a new common
name every single time, so you can't look up info on them. Every collector
may choose to give them a different name. Or how about Botia lohachata?
It's got at least three different common names, last I checked. How many
common names does Pseudepiplatys annulatus have anyway? Of course, I'm
sure you'll be able to answer that even if you may know the fish as
"Epiplatys annulatus" Of how about "red minor" I saw them in a fish
store once, thought they were cool, but I have never again been able to
find out what they are, since evidently that's not a common name that's
used much. Ah, well, I guess that common name has changed....
Scientific names may change, but they're no where near as bad as common names.
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