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>Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 16:58:34 -0400
>From: RDLarabee <RLarabee at compuserve_com>
>Many years ago I raised killies. Now, after a long hiatus, I wish to again
>raise the little critters. I find however that identification is a major
>league kind of problem. When I look at publications in various bookstores,
>I find that the pictures used for identification are not particularly
>helpful: and, in every case, don't have the current nomenclature. Most of
>the books I've found are pretty much out-of-date especially when it comes
>I recently bought three male killies at a pet shop near me. They were
>labeled "Killiefishes" and the propriator had no idea what they were. I
>thought from my years ago experience that they were A. gardneri. Started
>looking around to find some females in "The Business Newsletter" and
>discovered the the name had changed to FP. gardneri which was ok.
>Understandable in a dynamic world. Then I found that there were many, many
>variations of FP. gardneri.
>My problem then is to precisly identify what I've got so I can get the
>right mates for my boys. Since the current publications that I know of
>don't have scientifically correct data how can I find out if I've got a
>Mamfense, P-82, Misaje, or whatever? Or doesn't it really matter? I don't
>wish to create a hybrid unless the cross is one that occurs naturally or is
>common in the hobby.
>I guess the question is, is there are a good reliable publication of recent
>which would help a person with identification? Even if the names were not
>scientifically current but the pictures were accurate enough to identify
>the variation that would help. I can get to the AKA homepage once I get
>close and find out what the correct name is I think. But first I gotta get
>close. Any recommendations?
I think this will probably be an impossible task. Who even knows if they
are gardneri, a hybrid, or something else. I'd be inclined to purchase some
"knowns" through a local club or from the BNL.
Barry Cooper, Chair email: bjc3 at cornell_edu
Department of Pathology Voice: (607)253-3336
College of Veterinary Medicine FAX: (607)253-3317
Ithaca, NY 14853