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Re: possibly walkeri mystery
Can one suggest that the CI-97 means Commercial Import 97? I haven't been
keeping score lately of the CI fish. The possibility of two commercial
importations is certainly possible for a year.
Your fish certainly has a striking pattern. It is reminiscent of other
walkeri from the past.
Paul, as far as the genus designation, Europeans have not been as quick to
accept Fundulopanchax as a full genus, preferring to keep it a subgenus of
Aphyosemion. I have a book purchased for $129 (it is less now from Jim
Forshey' Aquatic Book Store) which still in 1987 considered Aphyosemions
what many American and some European killie people would call
The book by Professor Amiete is still a treasure (as are the killies
discussed there-in), but one may have to just accept the author's taxonomic
preferences, keep score of what others are calling the fish and read for
what can be found out about the fish.
Publication dates are also useful in understanding why a certain fish is
named in a certain way.
Kurt Buhlmyer has suggested, as a quick rule of thumb, that the
Fundulopanchax resemble small cigars. The Aphyosemion resemble small
I remember asking Kurt, well what about oeseri? Recently some authorities,
as a result of DNA studies have move oeseri and scheeli into Fundulopanchax.
All the best!
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