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[Killietalk] Killies on the Bubble
A number of killies come from habitats which either are no more or from
distributions so small that there is genuine concern for their future. Among
them would be many Cyprinodon, the two Crenichthys, Megupsilon aporus.
Fundulus julisia, and F. waccamensis among the N.A. natives. Some species on
Caribbean islands have very limited ranges.
F. abolineatus is extinct. So are several populations of pupfish.
Fundulupanchax oeseri and several walkeri strains either have or almost have
disappeared from where they were collected.
The ranges of Aphanius Iberius, Aph. Apodus, Valencia hispanica, V.
letournouxi and several Turkish Aphanius have dramatically shrunk. Aph.
sirhani and several of the Iranian Aphanius hail from limited waters.
What are the South American killies and other Africans which would also fall
into these categories?
The point here is not to dismay people, but to be more aware of fish whose
habitat should be protected to the extent that people can. If those fish are
somewhere in the hobby (as with oeseri and walkeri) they should be
Thanks in advance,
Park Forest, IL
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