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I just stumbled on a most interesting website:
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All the etymology one could ever use.
Getting back to veniform: I've looked high and low for this word and it's definition. I've found villiform and vermiform. I've found venous and all its combinations. Is this a scientific term? I'm asking more from curiosity than anything else.
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Just a bump to see I any more might need adding.

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How about tautonomy???


Tautonomy : A taxonomic designation, such as Gorilla gorilla, in which the genus and species names are the same, commonly used in zoology but no longer in botany.
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Shovelnose wrote:How about tautonomy???
I think it should go in. Amanda?

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Oophagy too???

Oophagy , literally "egg eating", is the practice of embryos feeding on eggs produced by the ovary while still inside the mother's uterus. (From Wikipedia)
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Added tautonomy...

For Oophagy It seems to me after a search that Synodontis multipunctata when the young eat the cichlid eggs in the hosts mouth would also be considered this...do you think so?

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From what I understand, oophagy could refer only to intrauterine cannibalism.
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My son and I were reading the glossary today and we saw the definition for the phrase "T-position." It reads, "The manner in which some Corydoradine catfishes breed. So named because the breeding pair look as if they are forming the letter "T." Also see More..."

Actually, I think that reads okay. My concern is what happens when you click on the "More..." link: The link takes you to http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=de ... gle+Search. The results you obtain do describe sex positions, but they have nothing to do with Corys. :ymblushing: They weren't too explicit, so they just gave us some giggles (I didn't have to cover my son's eyes). But I don't think that these are the results you intended, esp. since we do have some younger members on PC.

You might wish to rework the link to actually include the word "Cory" in the search phrase. :d

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Shovelnose wrote:From what I understand, oophagy could refer only to intrauterine cannibalism.
If you're still deliberating oophagy, its usage is not confined to intrauterine egg eating. It refers broadly to any animal that subsists primarily by eating eggs. Consider, for example, the specialized egg eating snakes that swallow eggs whole, crush the shells, then emit the empty shells; they are considered oophagous. So AFAIK, any fish that survives mainly on eggs practices oophagy. What it does not include is any fish that eats eggs opportunistically but gains most of its nutrition from other foods (like my albino BNs).
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bekateen wrote: It refers broadly to any animal that subsists primarily by eating eggs. Consider, for example, the specialized egg eating snakes that swallow eggs whole, crush the shells, then emit the empty shells; they are considered oophagous.
Thanks for clarifying Eric!!
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You're welcome. I realize that the previous posts were years old, so I hope I'm not out of line bringing up an old issue. Have a great day.
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Good points and you've done well to put them in the right thread. I note Birger's been doing some edits on the glossary...

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A couple more from here http://www.planetcatfish.com/forum/view ... 92#p288093

Xylophagy : Xylophagy is a term used in ecology to describe the habits of an herbivorous animal whose diet consists primarily (often solely) of wood.

Coprophagy : Coprophagy refers to many kinds of feces eating, including eating feces of other species (heterospecifics), of other individuals (allocoprophagy), or its own (autocoprophagy) – those once deposited or taken directly from the anus.

Both definitions taken from Wikipedia.
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On the subject of dietary habits, I see that oophagy (the eating of eggs, usually (but not necessarily) as a major portion of an animal's diet) is not in the glossary either...

This term has been brought up previously:
http://www.planetcatfish.com/forum/view ... gy#p232691
http://www.planetcatfish.com/forum/view ... gy#p280709

EDIT: Oops, duh, these are just a few inches up on the page - no real need for links. It was so long ago since these were entered that I just used the forum search to find them (rather than just scrolling upward), and I wrongly assumed that they were on a different page of this thread.
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A few more,

Phototaxis :The movement of an organism or a cell toward or away from a source of light.

Troglobitic : A reference to any creature having a cave-dwelling mode of life.

Hypogean : Living or occurring under the earth's surface.
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I think Birger has added all of these now. Well done!

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