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Some edits:

Genus: (plural: Genera) A taxonomic grouping between Family and Species. A group of related Species.

I would have two entries genus and genera with the definition for the form being "The plural of genus".

Species: A taxonomic grouping below Genus. A group or population sharing a gene pool.

Common Name:The vernacular name for a species. Common names may vary by location and/or language and often cause confusion. Different species can have the same common name and one species can have several common names.

Etymology: The origin or meaning of a word.

Size: The adult length of a fish in SL. See SL and TL.

Distribution:An indication of how widespread or abundant a species is.

Feeding: Advice on what this species eats. See Herbivore, Carnivore and Limnivore.

Furniture: The way to decorate a tank. Also see bogwood and substrate.

Compatibility: The ability of a species to live with others.

Breeding: The measures required for a male and female from a certain species to produce offspring.

hits: A simple counter of how often a particular data sheet, image or article has been viewed.

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I'll get all these in this afternoon. Thanks, Jools and Mats. :D
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bronzefry wrote:I'll get all these in this afternoon. Thanks, Jools and Mats. :D
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If it's not too much bother, could you also check they link OK from the appropriate part of the cat-elog pages?

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The following Cat-eLog links worked:
Scientific Name
Common Name
Type Locality
Size
Hits
pH
Feeding
Distribution
Furniture
Compatibility
Breeding

The following didn't work because I misspelllllled the word:
Pronounciation....I mean Pronunciation :oops:

Synonyms didn't work probably because the word is defined as "Synonym."

I don't know why these didn't work:
Identification
References

I need to define the following:
Sexing
Cool Links
Offsite Resources
Temperature
Suggested Tankmates
Other Parameters
General Remarks

Are there any that I've missed?
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Identification fails because it tries to find a label "Identification Notes" rather than "Identification".

References in the Cat-eLog page, Reference in the glossary, so same problem as Synonym(s).

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New entry:

HL - Short form of Head Length. Head length is often used to give size references, suchas eye (orbital) size is given as a percentage of Head Length.

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Periphyton - Algae growing on the substrate, microscopic plants and animals attached to the substrate. See also Aufwuchs.

I just added a statement "Feeds on periphyton", which I didn't understand, so I thought we may need it in the glossary... ;-)

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A couple of reference works:

CLOFFSCA - Checklist of Freshwater Fish in South and Central America. A book listing the species found in freshwater in South and Central America, with brief reference to original description, synonyms, distribution and max size.

COF - Catalog of Fishes. A list of all species of fish. Can be found online here: http://www.calacademy.org/research/Icht ... atmain.asp

Fishbase - Universal computerized database of fishes, available online at http://www.fishbase.org.

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Thanks, Mats! It's nice to see this coming to life again. :D
Here are some of the other Cat-eLog definitions:

Sexing: How to differentiate a male from a female of a certain species.

Cool Links: Offramps of interest on the information superhighway.

Offsite Resources: Places other than Planet Catfish with useful information on a certain species.

Temperature: The range of warmth a species can tolerate, noted in both degrees Celcius and Farenheit.

Suggested Tankmates: Compatible fish for a certain species.

General Remarks: Notes of interest on a species.

Other Parameters: Also see General Remarks. May include water hardness, water movement, seasonal variations and husbandry difficulties encountered.

Please feel free to comment!
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How about...

CLOFFSCA - Checklist of Freshwater Fish in South and Central America. A book listing the species found in freshwater in South and Central America, with brief reference to original description, synonyms, distribution and max size. The data in this book can also be found in FishBase.

and link fishbase.

I will look into the other linking things too...


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bronzefry wrote:Other Parameters: Also see General Remarks. May include water hardness, water movement, seasonal variations and husbandry difficulties encountered.

Please feel free to comment!
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I'd go with:

Other Parameters: Also see General Remarks. May include water hardness, conductivity, water movement, seasonal variations and water specific husbandry difficulties encountered.

Really liked the off site resources one!

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Links from the cat-elog pages for References and Synonyms have been changed to the singular. Identification Notes has been changed to Identification.

Ok now?

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Thanks, Jools. The above go in this afternoon(or evening, depending on your time zone). I happened to stumble onto a different glossary in a book I already have. I think there may be some other words to add. Has anybody thought of a way to add hours to the day? I need them. 8)
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May I make a suggestion?
Head Length: Abbr. HL. The distance from the tip of the snout to the end of the operculum.

Snout: The nose area.

For some reason, snout got lost in all of this! :oops:
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Here are some more words:
Husbandry: Seeing to the overall care and welfare of an animal.

Adhesive Spawner: A species that lays eggs that stick to a surface.

Cave Spawner: A species that lays eggs in a cave.

Immunity: The ability of an organism to overcome a pathogen.

Mimicry: The ability of a species to imitate another's behavior or appearance. Some species may imitate an inanimate object, such as a leaf or a branch to blend in with the background to avoid predation.

Morph: A variation or a different form. Example: Longer fins or a different color on the same species.

Pigmentation: The substance that gives a plant or animal its color.

Planaria: A flatworm that often sets up residence in an aquarium and is considered a nuisance.

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I have one that I couldn't find anywhere on the internet, finally had to email Jon Armbruster.
SPINELET- a locking mechanism found at the base of and strongly adhered to the dorsal spine and holds the dorsal fin erect. Tracy
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bronzefry wrote:Snout: The nose area.
What's the difference between snout and rostrum? Maybe add a "See also rostrum" to the above entry?

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Doh! That's why we didn't put snout in the glossary. :oops:

Tankbuster: A fish that grows too large for the average home aquarium.
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ghost716 wrote:I have one that I couldn't find anywhere on the internet, finally had to email Jon Armbruster.
SPINELET- a locking mechanism found at the base of and strongly adhered to the dorsal spine and holds the dorsal fin erect. Tracy
Thanks, Tracy! :wink:
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I've also put a tiny link in the cat-elog data sheet that links SL to the definition in the glossary.

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Post by Marc van Arc »

I haven't been following this for a while, but is the word xanthoristic already noted? Plus an adequate description, as I don't think "albino with normally coloured eyes" (in which normally means: not reddish) will be sufficient.
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I wrote these:
Amelanism:
"Underload" of melanin - similar to albinism, but may have some colour for example in eyes.

Leucism:
Another word for Amelanism.
But they haven't been included - I don't know why...

Xanthoristic is another synonym for those two words. I guess the explanation may need "beefing up" a bit...

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I've got a long weekend available. No time like the present to look these things up! :wink:
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Leucism is in the glossary, but it may need reworking. Amelanism isn't. I believe it got lost in the shuffle! Sorry, Mats. I have a bunch of words below that may help hone the definitions(or not).

Amelanism: An animal lacking black pigments. Yellow and red pigments are present. This animal is not a "true" albino. Also see Albino, Leucism and Xanthism.

Xanthism: An animal which is yellow or golden in color. This may happen in nature or through selective breeding.

Axanthic: An animal lacking yellow pigmentation. This animal will be entirely black.

Leucism: An animal with white pigmentation, but normal eye color. This is not a "true" albino. Also see Albino, Amelanism and Xanthism.

I know there have been posts on this site about "all black" Corydora Aeneus. But, I'm not sure the word "Axanthic" has been used....
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I have another one. I actually keep coming across a lot of words from Jon Armbruster's site that I have a rough time finding the definition for.
osteology- the scientific study of bones
pectoral girdle- a set of bones that support the upper limbs in vertebrates.
I will have to make a list of all the words I am finding so I don't have to keep posting. Tracy
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Much obliged, Tracy. Are the definitions exactly the way Jon Ambruster wrote them?
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How about this:
Pectoral Girdle: A set of bones which supports the pectoral fin.
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A couple of words I found in the Cat-eLog:
Falcate - Sickle shaped, curved and tapering to a point.
Semilunar - half-moon shaped.

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Another Cat-eLog word:

Ostracods - Small crustaceans, usually around 1mm in length. Also Ostracoda.

Crustaceans - Mainly aquatic animals that have a hard outer layer, shell or crust to protect them, such as shrimp, lobsters, crabs and barnacles.

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And another one:
Crepuscular - Active at during twilight. See also diurnal and nocturnal.

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