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Old 06-28-2012, 08:42 PM   #1
 
Fundulopanchax

What does the Latin Fundulopanchax mean?

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Old 06-28-2012, 09:16 PM   #2
 
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do you mean this? West African Killifish: Fundulopanchax Gardneri
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:41 PM   #3
 
Yes, what does the Latin mean besides "bottom"?
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:17 PM   #4
 
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I cant say 100% but may be a bottom feeder?
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:19 AM   #5
 
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This genus/species has had some name changes. Meyers (1924) initially erected the genus name Fundulopanchax as a subgenus of Fundulus, and later some biologists considered it a synonym for Aphyosemion until Parenti (1981) established it as a distinct genus. The etymology is a bit confused; "panchax" may have been derived from the name for a minnow. "Fundulo" derives from the Latin fundus meaning "bottom" so the fish in this genus are literally "bottom panchax."
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:38 AM   #6
 
Thanks, Byron.
Now my Wife will ask me what panchax means.
I hope she's at home now awaiting the arrival of some of the above fish eggs.

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Old 06-29-2012, 12:16 PM   #7
 
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Thanks, Byron.
Now my Wife will ask me what panchax means.
I hope she's at home now awaiting the arrival of some of the above fish eggs.

Thanks,
Wayne
It may be difficult to pin down Panchax. This genus was erected by Valenciennes in 1846, and Parenti (1981) determined it was actually not valid as a distinct genus/subgenus but a synonym for the genus Aplocheilus that had originally been erected as a subgenus of Poecilia by McClelland in 1839 and then established as a distinct genus by Radda in 1974. Aplocheilus is derived from the Greek and literally means "simplicity lip."

There are no species in "Panchax" today, but the name is a species epithet for Aplocheilus panchax which was initially named Panchax panchax. Some sources mention "panchax" as being of unknown origin.
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:39 PM   #8
 
Thank you again, Byron.
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