05-29-2011, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Andarial
My store sold them as endlers XD strange how they fiddle with names
That is the big issue with common names. I have a very reputable fish store here that will give a fish that does not have a well-known name any descriptive name. This is quite common all over. And each language or country will have a different common name.
Common names have absolutely no validity beyond the person using it. Which is why many of us keep pushing for use of the scientific name. It is absolute, and governed by the code of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. It is universal, so any aquarist anywhere in the world talking about Paracheirodon simulans
for instance knows which fish this is, and the name is the same in any language.