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I think there are two major problems in the world of piscine taxonomy.
1. There are two many academics and grad students trying to get papers
published by splitting hairs.
2. There is a great deal of laziness on the part of the scientific and
academic communities on resolving the issues.
If two fish are of the same species, than they should be 100% genetically
compatible and breeding between the two should not be any different than two
color strains of any species. If they are not the same species, name them as
different species and provide a clear taxanomic differentiation.
Nobody is breeding killies to re-release to the wild, so the only place it
matters is in hobbiests' tanks.
Frankely, I think there are some people who are in love with complexity and
would prefer to keep the arcane identification system in current use rather
than attempt to resolve the large and growing number of taxanomic
irregularities that infest not only the killifish, but other parts of the
aquarium hobby as well.