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Re: Must have Killie Books
In addition to the great list of useful books mentioned by Lee, Boat and
all, is a study on the "Aphyosemion" (really the Aphyosemions and
Fundulopanchax) of Cameroon. Jim Forshey's The Aquatic Book Shop
http://www.seahorses.com offers the Fauna of Cameroon II Fish 1 Genus
Aphyosemion Myers By J.-L. Amiet and M. Chauche and D. Poliak for about $50
or 70 buck less than I paid for it several years ago. ;)
It is a neat study of the killies in the country where Dr. Amiet has taught
and researched for a lot of years. The book was published over a decade ago,
but the killies still are the same and still prefer the same habitats.
Forshey's summary suggests:
Chapters I : Introduction, II : Geographical Sketch of Cameroon, III : The
Genus Aphyosemion, IV : Criteria for the Identification of the Species, V :
Ecology, Ethology and Development. Then in Chapter VI, the sub-genera,
groups of species and the 39 Cameroon species of Aphyosemion are the objects
of detailed critical descriptions, followed by the most recent, frequently
unpublished, information on their distribution. The identification of the
species is facilitated by 9 keys which refer particularly to the
characteristics of the livery. As well as various innovations about the
infra-generic systematics, this part contains the descriptions of 2 species
and a sub-species new to sciences. The work ends with a chapter dealing with
the biogeography of the genus Aphyosemion in Cameroon. The illustrations
comprise 35 distribution maps on squared grids, 17 plates of outlines
drawings and 132 color photographs on 36 plates, hardback, 19xx, 262 pages
plus maps and plates...
I find it one of those works you go back to time and again (sort of like the
Scheel books). Return visits bring other things to mind which weren't "seen"
The Aquatic Book Shop often offers books simply not available elsewhere.
Over the years I've really come to appreciate that. Jim Forshey, by the way,
is an AKA member.
All the best!
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