Re: NANFA-- Pygmy Sunfish Connections

Irate_Mormon (
Sat, 04 May 2002 09:45:58 -0500

At 09:31 PM 5/4/02, you wrote:
>eels), and atherinomorphs (rainbowfishes, killifishes, etc.). They even
>proposed a name for this new group -- Smegmamorpha -- an acronym using the
>initials (S-M-E-G-M-A) of the six taxa which comprise the group. In
>addition, the name derives from the Greek and Latin smegma, meaning
>cleansing or cleansing agent. In this usage, the name refers to the authors'
>"expectation that grouping these taxa will have the effect of cleaning up or
>tidying the systematics of higher teleosts . . .".

Somebody is having their little joke, methinks. SMEGMA, indeed. The
authors were no doubt Monty Python fans as well.


Jackson, MS
Life's a fish and then you fry.
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