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T. maculipinnis vs. T. ellioti
By Michi Tobler, 2006.
last updated on 03-Mar-2006
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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 May 21, 2013, from: http://www.cichlidae.com/section.php?id=48.