After several days of constant work, I have completed the genus listing of all South American killifish and individual pages for each species. But the fun is only the beginning. Now I need to populate each individual species page with care, breeding and taxonomic information. This doesn’t even mention photographs (which I could really use donations of nearly every species out there.)
You can take a look at http://killienutz.com in the Knowledge Base to view the work completed so far.
While I am certain I have missed some species here and there (and have not added the Lampeyes yet), I believe my listings cover the vast majority of killifish. I have made some observations about what exists out there.
- Sadly, only a small minority of killifish species are in the hobby. Some are simply protected by the status in the wild as threatened or endangered and not available for collection, but others have been lost over the years for any number of reasons. When I look at the over 1,000 pages I have created already and I look at how many are around, it is a sad commentary. A commentary I might editorialize at some time in the future.
- This game of ‘lumpers’ and ‘splitters’ within the scientific community is sad. While both sides can offer valid reasons for the work they accomplish, it bothers me a great deal that much of the information is very difficult to find. In order for KillieNutz Online to remain current, it takes many hours of research and some begging for papers. I am hoping to convince some of the collectors and taxonomists to add me to their list of people in which they provide the latest information (electronic PDF form, etc.).
- I look at the membership numbers here in the United States and also in Europe and begin to wonder where the breeders are. Yes there are some of you out there, but there are far too few for this hobby to provide a place for innumerable desirable killifish. To those who work hard with their fish, I applaud you.
As some of you know, I have maintained KillieNutz Online since the 1990s (even the late 1980s if you count a BBS. It has always been my goal to provide the best possible source of information on the Internet about killies. I have finally brought the website to a point where fleshing it out is the next major step. I have a great deal planned and I hope to begin providing regular news and updates about new species, the latest shows and results and much more soon.
Until next time!