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Central American heroin cichlids, a phylogenetic approach
Probably the most updated phylogenetic view of Central American cichlids to publication date
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Thorichthys, Aquatic Treasures of the Mayan Land
The wonderful firemouth cichlid and its relatives, both in nature and aquariium
Meek described the genus Thorichthys with T. ellioti as type species in 1904. Heros maculipinnis Steindachner, 1864 was subsequently considered as a synonym to T. ellioti (e.g. Stawikowski & Werner, 1998; Kullander, 2003), although it is the older available name and would therefore have priority (Artigas Azas, 1996). The actual problem has several layers:
Thus, to definitely decide on the valid use of the proposed names, the type material has to be compared in order to support the synonymy of the two taxa. Pending such a revision, T. ellioti is used in this checklist according to recent publications (e.g. Stawikowski & Werner, 1998; Kullander, 2003; Miller, 2005).
Thorichthys maculipinnis male from Rio la Antigüa, Veracruz, México, in the aquarium of Rusty Wessel, Louisville. Photo by Spencer Jack.
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Tobler, Michi. (March 03, 2006). "T. maculipinnis vs. T. ellioti". The Cichlid Room Companion. Retrieved on June 18, 2013, from: http://www.cichlidae.com/section.php?id=48.