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Re: FAQ Suggestions
MDelra at aol_com wrote:
> HI All, FAQ is such an important tool. As it can be a little frustrating, as
> pointed out, I think there is an area that we are not considering a good
> starting point: Include a general list of habitat information somewhere that
> can be accessed by the beginner, or anyone else. Something like the info
> included in our old index program, Axelrod's Looseleafs, Radda, etc. We could
> make a listing of these habitats/locations and include the the type of data
> collected when a location is analysed as to water conditions, lighting, temp,
> etc. One could even include the soil types and type of biome the fish comes
> from. This is the kind of stuff that I like, so I could easily be enlisted to
> help. Let me know. I have some ideas. Mark Delraso
I, too, like to get such information, but the various atlases and several
books provide most of what is known, already. Radda and Purzl, Wildekamp
and the Baensch Atlas series come to mind.
Detailed habitat conditions tend to be very species-specific, and can be
wildly different for species that are quite similar. An example that comes
to mind is the pupfish of the desert. *Cyprinodon salinus* lives in hot,
highly saline water, more dense than sea water, while their look-alike
cousin, *Cypr. radiosus*, just across the mountain, lives in frigid,
nearly-distilled, pure water in the Owens Valley.
IMHO, to try to distill such detailed facts into a compact information
source like a FAQ is heading for trouble and bound to cause problems.
Please tell me if I'm wrong and show us how we can handle it.
The purpose of a FAQ is to provide some answers (or places to seek them)
for *Frequently* Asked Questions. How often are biotopes the subject of
questions among new visitors to the AKA site? Even in killietalk, I
suspect they are fairly infrequenet.
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