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I disagree with your third point, that killies of the same species are 100%
genetically compatible and that they should be interfertile. I suggest you
read Scheel, who was not an academic, but who contributed more to the
understanding of killies than most all academics. I DO agree that
many current people, especially collectors, are more of a hindrance than
help and have some interest in not clarifying the big picture. But
this has often been the case. Consider Ernst Ahl, who often described new
species based merely on others' descriptions, with no live or preserved
material at hand, and locations as vague as "Africa".
From: BizEcology at aol_com <BizEcology at aol_com>
To: KillieTalk at aka_org <KillieTalk at aka_org>
Date: Friday, September 25, 1998 7:11 AM
Subject: Re: Crossbreeding
>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
>color strains of any species. If they are not the same species, name them
>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.