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Re: [Killietalk] question
George & Melanie <caraway aterienet_net> wrote:
> This is something I wold like more info on since I have become more
> of a Gardneri enthusiast for the last couple of years. It could give
> me an idea of just how many species are out there that I do not have.
> Wright Huntley wrote:
> Paul_Jablinski at notes.udayton.edu wrote:
> How many different kinds of gardneri are there. Anyone know? Bro.
> Less than a lot of folks think, Bro. Paul. The AKA goes by KMI4, and
> Ken Lazara chose to be very conservative and not redo the *gardneri*.
> He even left the *nigerianus* (and *obuduensis*, a synonym) as a
> sub-species, though most authorities, and those of us who have kept
> both, recognize that they really are probably a species in their own
> Prof. Huber, in KilliData 2000, lists 4 sub-species of GAR --
> *clauseni*, *gardneri*, *lacustris* and *mamfensis*. He gives
> *nigerianus* species status, so some old favorites, like P-82 and
> Makurdi, will cease to be GAR, eventually.
> The genus is *Fundulopanchax*, but the sub genus they all belong to
> is *Paraphyosemion*. Dr. Lazara has pointed out to me that the
> *Paraphyosemions* have not undergone a professional review in recent
> years. We can probably expect some surprises when some enterprising
> student takes them on.
> PS. Please do not ask me to sort out all the locations and color
> varieties, OK?
I'm not sure what you are looking for, George. I listed the species as
recognized by the two best authorities on killifish.
Unfortunately, within the hobby, we tend to ignore the sub-species and
give them a too-short scientific name plus a location and/or collection
code. A few, like Akure and N'Sukka are pretty easy, but creative usage,
over the years has caused a proliferation of location and color names
that probably no one alive can ever straighten out. I once had "Akure
Yellow" that were posssibly Akure, but sure not yellow (except the fin
tips). Albinos are pretty common and other selected-for colors (blue,
green, etc.) show up all the time.
The Akure and Owo locations were, most likely *Fundulopanchax
(Paraphyosemion) gardneri clauseni* according to Col. Scheel.
I think the Jos Plateau, P-82, Makurdi, Misage should all be connected
to the *Fp. nigerianus* (or to the *Fp. gardneri nigerianus* per KMI4).
More details can be dug out of Huber's Killidata, but it isn't organized
in such a way as to make it easy. Another good source is Roger Langton's
_Wild Collections of Killifish_ 1950-2003. Again a task best left for
some stormy night when you don't want to do crosswords. :-)
This might actually make a decent note for the JAKA if carried out to
conclusion. I'd like to see a chart connecting the common aquarium
strains we write on the bags with the actual sub-species as recognized
by the taxonomists.
CAUTION: We use GAR as a great species to introduce newbies to killies.
It will certainly tend to drive them away if you insist they label their
*Fundulopanchax (Paraphyosemion) gardneri clauseni* Akure.
Better let them get used to them as GAR Akure or *gardneri* Akure,
first. The collection location actually has all that other latin garbage
connected to it, anyway, if you stop to think about it.
BTW, I'm really tired of trying to indicate italics with the old bbs
trick of using asterisks. Do enough of us accept fancier fonts that I
can drop the habit? Does anyone still read only plain ASCII? Richard? Oleg?
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