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cwmorrow 06-28-2012 09:42 PM

Fundulopanchax
 
What does the Latin Fundulopanchax mean?

Thanks,
Wayne

mysticganja420 06-28-2012 10:16 PM

do you mean this? West African Killifish: Fundulopanchax Gardneri

cwmorrow 06-28-2012 10:41 PM

Yes, what does the Latin mean besides "bottom"?

mysticganja420 06-28-2012 11:17 PM

I cant say 100% but may be a bottom feeder?

Byron 06-29-2012 12:19 PM

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."

cwmorrow 06-29-2012 12:38 PM

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

Byron 06-29-2012 01:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cwmorrow (Post 1134340)
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.

cwmorrow 06-29-2012 01:39 PM

Thank you again, Byron.


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