RE: NANFA-- Common Names

Ken Wintin (
Sat, 10 Mar 2001 12:12:55 -0800

-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Bock []
Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2001 11:19 AM
Subject: Re: NANFA-- Common Names

I concur. From here on, I decree that gambusia should be called nasty
guppies; largemouth bass, buckmouth inhalers; crappies, leopardskin
and longnose dace, airplane fish.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2001 11:02 AM
Subject: NANFA-- Common Names

> Is there any true authority for assigning common names?
[Ken Wintin]
Maybe, since "common" names are no longer in the hands of the "common"
people, and are standardized, we can do away with scientific names, or
modify them. Let's try keeping the genus, so that those who are unable to
distinguish taxonomy from systematics will be happy, then add the common
name, like Poecilia guppy, or Cyprinella redshiner. That way all us swamp
folk can still make up new names to confuse everyone. By the way, who
knows what a "butter cat" is? I am sure that some of you are familiar with
mudfish, though.
I am serious about the "butter cat" thing. I am NOT about the rest, and
will not take any rebuttals seriously.

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