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Re: Aplocheilichthys normani, Fundulopanchax Scheeli hybridization?
Tony T shot me down in flames re-hybrids (to a degree). My point was that
(as a general rule) unrelated species won't interbreed. Sure, we can produce
hybrids. I've done it myself (accidentally) with killies and cichlids** and
agree that some hybrids are not clearly different from the parent strains.
Some hybrids are beautiful, and some are not.
Some are viable (such as the red-parrot cichlid.)
Although gardneri and australe cross, and so do strains of BIV, one would
hardly expect (say) sjoestedti and Epiplatys dageti to cross.
I suppose that we must remember that genera are not cast in stone, but are
(** I crossed H. cyanoguttatum with T. synspilum.)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tony Terceira" <terceira at ride_ri.net>
To: <killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2003 12:56 AM
Subject: Re: Aplocheilichthys normani, Fundulopanchax Scheeli hybridization?
> At 11:01 PM 4/1/2003 +0100, you wrote:
> >Aplocheilichthys and Fundulopanchax will 99.99% NOT interbreed. (I leave
> >0.01% because daft things happen, but that is another story.)
> >As a generalisation, fish from different genera will not cross, and most
> >fish from the same genus will not cross either. You may sometimes get
> >hybrids from closely related species, but often these hybrids are
> >(For the experts, I know this is an over-simplification. :-) )
> I am no expert, but did much hybridization work during the 70's,
> different genera will breed and produce offspring. australe will breed
> with gardneri, and on and on.............
> Whether they are sterile is not the issue, what are you going to do with
> them? how can you tell hybrid fish from other fish..................
> ? would you know a hybrid if you saw it ? most of the answers are NO.
> I worked with 35 populations from the bivittatum species group
> can assure you that you can not distinguish hybrids visually, Scheel did
> much work on hybridization and showed many gardneri crosses..... I hope
> enough to convince people to maintain species specific tanks for
> Aplocheilicthys and Fundulopanchax will probably not produce
> fry.......... and would be save for a community tanks, but Oh my what
> other mixes can produce.
> good killie keeping................... Tony in RI
> Tony Terceira
> terceira at ride_ri.net
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