Re: [Czechlist] Re: TERM: fathead minnow
- Agreed. Please note that the 'minnow' is synonymous with 'carp' in this
context. The enormous carp family (Cyprinidae) is also known (especially in
the US) as the minnow family. Don't get confused with the pretty and
protected little 'strevle potocni' Phoxinus phoxinus which is the 'minnow'
of BrE lay usage. According to my expert advisers at the Moravian Museum,
there is no accepted lay name for the fathead minnow in Czech. Stick to the
binomial . Correct international style is to give the genus Pimephales an
initial capital letter and the specific promelas a small one. Both should
be in italics.
BTW the term 'Latin name' is a useful conversational device, but the
correct term is 'Linnaean binomial', usually shortened to binomial '. For
example, there's a little mushroom much beloved of certain Czechs that
rejoices in the name Psilocybe semilanceata, which is as nice a mixture of
roots as you could wish for; translate the Greek to get the Czech, the Latin
for the shape.
Among other things, English editor of Acta Musea Moravia.
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Datum: 4. kvìtna 2001 23:52
Pøedmìt: [Czechlist] Re: TERM: fathead minnow
--- In Czechlist@y..., "Jaroslav Hejzlar" <hejzlar@b...> wrote:
> Hi, Kostas!
> I have found "strevle potocní" for "minnow (with no "flathead").
> Jarda Hejzlar
Hi Kostas, hi Jarda, hi everybody,
Greetings from a very cool and temperate London.
I've just had a quick browse around to see if I can find anything:
Several such fish used as `biomarkers' are mentioned on
Whereas the other fish are given Czech and Latin names, this one is
only given its Latin name: Pimephales promelas, which leads me to
suspect that it does not have a Czech name. This would not be
surprising in view of the fact that it is a native of North American
I'd just stick to the Latin name, Kostas.
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