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post #21 of 28 Old 03-11-2014, 02:24 PM
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Rummynose are tetras and rasboras because common names are stupid.


Hemigrammus rhodostomus, Hemigrammus bleheri, and Petitella georgiae can all sometimes be sold under the name of Rummynose Tetra.
Sawba resplendens is often sold as Asian Rummynose or Rummynose Rasbora and it's a cyprinid.
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post #22 of 28 Old 03-11-2014, 02:27 PM
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Glowlights are the same way - common name for both a tetra and a danio.
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Glowlights are the same way - common name for both a tetra and a danio.
I was dealing with this one in the profiles the other day. . . *bangshead*
I agree with BWG. Common names are stupid.
An *actual* rummy nose is a drunk person with a bright red schnoz. . . at least in this case, the common name sort of makes sense. ~.^
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Chesh, I like your definition of rummynose the best. Lol

But seriously, i think 99% of us would agree that when someone mentions Rummynose that they are referring to the tetra. Hemigrammus Bleheri being the most common sold in shops.
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Hemmigrammus is only one genus of fish that is commonly referred to as a tetra. Neons are in a different genus for example but are still called tetras.Black tetras are in a third genus and it goes on and on. There really aren't any rules for common names which can often lead to confusion.
LOL! It always bugged me that Cardinals, which come from the pretty much the same neck of the woods, as Neons, and look closely enough, have a totally different genus name.

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Rummynose are tetras and rasboras because common names are stupid.
Common names, especially when it came to ordering salt water fish, from multiple suppliers, drove me nuts! Scientific names, at least, were consistent.

Oddly enough, I run into the same issues with carnivorous plants.
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Scientific names are all well and good until the ichthyologists get bored and decide to change them - AGAIN. Which seems to happen entirely too often. I get this image in my head of crazy old men running around with microscopes, and paperwork shouting things like "I DECLARE THIS NAME INVALID!" And yes. . . this is EXACTLY how wars start. :P
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Scientific names are all well and good until the ichthyologists get bored and decide to change them - AGAIN. Which seems to happen entirely too often. I get this image in my head of crazy old men running around with microscopes, and paperwork shouting things like "I DECLARE THIS NAME INVALID!" And yes. . . this is EXACTLY how wars start. :P
Don't laugh, but I remember when guppies were Lebistes reticulatus and mollies had a genus name that was something like mollienesia. And then the livebearers just became Poecilia - poof! Oh yeah - Xiphophorus - was another one that became Xiphophorus.
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