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Re: NFC: Use Latin Names

Mark Binkley wrote:

> >4. What is your least favorite?
> >        The use of only scientific names: us novices would also like
> to see
> >common names when possible
> Many species of fish do not have common names or have many different
> common
> names from region to region and country to country.  You will do
> yourself a
> BIG favor by learning the Latin names.  Particularly if you use
> scientific
> literature as a reference, you will have to know the scientific
> names.  Get
> a copy of Peterson's Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes and keep it by
> your
> computer.  Most of the North American species are listed in the index
> by
> Latin name.  When I get stuck, I also use this web site -
> http://www.utexas.edu/depts/tnhc/.www/fish/tnhc/na/naindex.html
> Mark Binkley
> Columbus Ohio USA          <))><
> mbinkley at earthling_net

   I agree whole heartedly since common names are so variable, but It
might help to include a pronunciation for the scientific names for the
new comers. I have many different pronunciation of the same name, at
least in the Cichlid circles. Just a thought.


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