MAJOR NAME CHANGES

Name changes may induce headaches among Killifish hobbyists !
  • However the process is normal, according to science progress.
    If you are allergic to name changes, then keep in mind the species name and the aquarium population, only.
  • If you are taking your hobby seriously, update your labelling of names according to Killi-Data online.
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Here is the complete list of major name changes since the availability of Killi-Data online (January 1. 2001) 

Last update : October 26., 2016

legend Beware, Google automatic translator reverses scientific names : please use the English version to save this list.

 

 

SINCE NEW NAME-STATUS
in Killi-Data online
OLD NAME-STATUS
October 2016 Profundulus balsanus (valid sp.) [Jamangapé et al., 2016] Profundulus balsanus (junior synonym of Profundulus punctatus)
September 2016 Leptopanchax aureoguttatus [Costa, 2016] Leptolebias aureoguttatus
September 2016 Leptopanchax citrinipinnis [Costa, 2016] Leptolebias citrinipinnis
September 2016 Leptopanchax itanhaensis [Costa, 2016] Leptolebias itanhaensis
September 2016 Leptopanchax opalescens [Costa, 2016] Leptolebias opalescens
September 2016 Leptopanchax splendens [Costa, 2016] Leptolebias splendens
September 2015 Nothobranchius capriviensis [Watters, Wildekamp & Shidlovskiy, 2015] Nothobranchius sp. Caprivi
July 2015 Aphyosemion jeanhuberi [Valdesalici & Eberl, 2015] Aphyosemion aff. louessense - Biloungou (COFE 10-5), Isiengui (COFE 10-3), Itabi (COFE 10-4), Malinga (JH 78-212), Moutsengani (COFE 10-6), Rebe (PEG 12-3)
April 2015 Rivulus berovidesi [Rodriguez, 2015] Rivulus cylindraceus - Cascada Soroa (often mispelt Cascade de Soares)
January 2015 Nothobranchius sagittae, serengetiensis, usanguensis [Wildekamp, Watters & Shidlovskiy] Nothobranchius neumanni - various aquarium populations (all details at FAQ 42)
January 2015 Nothobranchius flagrans [Nagy] Nothobranchius cf. hassoni - Kabungu river
December 2014 Aphanius marassantensis [Pfleiderer, Geiger & Herder] Aphanius danfordii - Ilipunar, Karpuzatan, Kirsehir (TUBCD 05-19), Kizilirmak, Soysalli
November 2014 Rivulus cylindraceus - Isla de la Juventud [Ponce de Leon, Leon, Rodriguez, Metcalfe, Hernandez, Casane & Garcia] Rivulus insulaepinorum
July 2014 Simpsonichthys (Xenurolebias) cricarensis [Costa] Simpsonichthys (Xenurolebias) myersi - Conceicao da Barra
July 2014 Simpsonichthys (Xenurolebias) pataxo [Costa] Simpsonichthys (Xenurolebias) myersi - Mucuri
July 2014 Simpsonichthys (Xenurolebias) izecksohni, distinct species [Costa] Simpsonichthys (Xenurolebias) izecksohni, synonym of myersi, population of Linhares
May 2014 Mucurilebias leitaoi [Costa] Leptolebias leitaoi
December 2013 Rivulus pivijay [Vermeulen] Rivulus sp. Pivijay
December 2013 Rivulus xi [Vermeulen] Rivulus sp. Santander
December 2013 Orestias empyraea, gymnota, lutea, minima, minuta, munda, olivacea, robusta [Cruz-Jofré, Valladares, Vila & Mendez] Orestias empyraeus, gymnotus, luteus, minimus, minutus, mundus, olivaceus, robustus (respectively)
October 2013 Rivulus tomasi [Vermeulen, Valdesalici & Garcia-Gil] Rivulus sp. Tobogan de la Selva
October 2013 Cyprinodon brontotheroides [Martin & Wainwright] Cyprinodon sp. "bozo-form" and Cyprinodon sp. "durophage"
October 2013 Cyprinodon desquamator [Martin & Wainwright] Cyprinodon sp. "bulldog form" and Cyprinodon sp. "scale-eater"
August 2013 Hylopanchax silvestris [Zee, Sonnenberg & Schliewen] Synonym of Hyl. stictopleuron
June 2013 Aphyosemion (Chromaphyosemion) pamaense [Agnèse, Legros, Cazaux & Estivals] Chromaphyosemion sp. Pama ABK 07-163 (erroneously Bela)
June 2013 Cyprinodon hubbsi [Brix & Grosell] Cyprinodon variegatus hubbsi
March 2013 Fundulus xenicus [Ghedotti & Davis] Adinia xenica
January 2013 Nothobranchius wattersi [Ng'oma, Valdesalici, Reichwald & Cellerino] Nothobranchius aff. kirki -Abrahamu, Benga, Chia, Chantulo, Chinganji, Golomoti, Hoba, Kasinje, Liwonde, Mtakataka, Salima
September 2012 Aphanius arakensis [Teimori, Esmaeili, Gholami, Zarei & Reichenbacher] Aphanius sp. Namak
December 2011 Aapticheilichthys websteri [Huber] Procatopus websteri
December 2011 Aphanius farsicus [Teimori, Esmaeili & Reichenbacher] Aphanius persicus (preoccupied)
July 2011 Kryptolebias ocellatus [Costa] Kryptolebias caudomarginatus
July 2011 Kryptolebias hermaphroditus [Costa] Kryptolebias ocellatus
December 2010 Nothobranchius pienaari [Shidlovskiy, Watters & Wildekamp] Nothobranchius rachovii "black"
October 2009 Nothobranchius makondorum [Wildekamp, Shidlovskiy & Watters] Nothobranchius sp. Makonde
July 2009 Nothobranchius ruudwildekampi [Costa] Nothobranchius korthausae "mainland Tanzania populations"
April 2008 Notholebias cruzi [Costa] Leptolebias cruzi
April 2008 Notholebias minimus [Costa] Leptolebias minimus
April 2008 Llanolebias stellifer [Hrbek & Taphorn] Rachovia stellifer
December 2007 Aphyosemion lividum [Legros & Zentz] Aphyosemion sp. aff. ahli "blue"
December 2007 Aphyosemion (Chromaphyosemion) ecucuense [Sonnenberg] Aphyosemion (Chromaphyosemion) sp. aff. malumbresi - Ncomedyi, Bicomo, Utonde, Bileke
December 2007 Aphyosemion (Chromaphyosemion) erythron [Sonnenberg] Aphyosemion (Chromaphyosemion) sp. aff. malumbresi - Ncolamvan, Nomenam, Nguba, Ecurya
September 2007 Nothobranchius hengstleri [Valdesalici] Nothobranchius aff. melanospilus - Nassoro
September 2007 Aphyosemion (Chromaphyosemion) koungueense [Sonnenberg] Aphyosemion (Chromaphyosemion) sp. aff. splendopleure - Dizangue
September 2007 Aphyosemion (Chromaphyosemion) melinoeides [Sonnenberg] Aphyosemion (Chromaphyosemion) sp.  - N°6
September 2007 Aphyosemion (Chromaphyosemion) omega [Sonnenberg] Aphyosemion (Chromaphyosemion) sp. aff. splendopleure - Kopongo
August 2007 Fundulopanchax kamdemi [Akum, Sonnenberg, Wildekamp & Zee] Fundulopanchax sp. - Korup
February 2007 Pit. xinguensis - Altamira [Costa & Nielsen in Costa] Pit. compacta - Altamira
February 2007 Ples. altamira - Altamira [Costa & Nielsen in Costa] Ples. lacerdai - Altamira (ex. sp. Xingu)
February 2007 Pit. poranga - Aruana, Rio Formoso [Costa] Synonym of Pit. compacta
December 2006 Pachypanchax arnoulti - Mabanga [Loiselle] Pachypanchax omalonotus - Mabanga
October 2006 Aphyosemion christyi - Bafwasendé, Epulu river [Zee & Huber], valid and totally redefined Aphyosemion margaretae - Epulu river
October 2006 Aphyosemion castaneum - Ibembo, Kisangani, Kunungu, Silime [Zee & Huber], valid Synonym of Aphyosemion christyi
October 2006 Aphyosemion schoutedeni [Zee & Huber] Synonym of Aphyosemion decorsei
September 2006 Simpsonichthys janaubensis - Janauba  [Costa] Simpsonichthys flagellatus - Janauba
September 2006 Simpsonichthys macaubensis - Macaubas  [Costa & Suzart, in Costa] Simpsonichthys ghisolfii - Macaubas
September 2006 Simpsonichthys mediopapillatus - Pindai [Costa] Simpsonichthys ghisolfii - Pindai 
July 2006 Aphyosemion volcanum - Mile 29 (aff.) [Agnèse, Zentz, Legros & Sellos] Aphyosemion poliaki - Mile 29 (aff.)
May 2006 Austrolebias cheradophilus [Costa] Megalebias cheradophilus
May 2006 Austrolebias elongatus [Costa] Megalebias elongatus
May 2006 Austrolebias monstrosus [Costa] Megalebias monstrosus
May 2006 Austrolebias prognathus [Costa] Megalebias prognathus
May 2006 Austrolebias wolterstorffi [Costa] Megalebias wolterstorffi
May 2006 Austrolebias schreitmuelleri, synonym of wolterstorffi [Costa] Megalebias schreitmuelleri, nomen dubium
May 2006 Austrolebias paranaensis [Costa] Austrolebias aff. nigripinnis - Ayolas
May 2006 Austrolebias litzi [Costa] Austrolebias aff. cyaneus - Santa Maria
May 2006 Austrolebias juanlangi [Costa, Cheffe, Salvia & Litz, in Costa] Austrolebias aff. affinis (sp. CXCL001, CXCL007, CXCL009)- Bañados Conventos, Melo, Parque Rivera, Paso del Dragón, PK331 Ruta 26
May 2006 Austrolebias apaii [Costa, Laurino, Recuero & Salvia, in Costa], but subsequently synonymized into bellottii [Garcia et al.] Austrolebias aff. bellottii - Carmelo, PK 8 Ruta 96, Villa Soriano
May 2006 Austrolebias nachtigalli [Costa & Cheffe, in Costa] Austrolebias aff. nigrofasciatus - Arroio Grande
May 2006 Austrolebias salviai [Costa, Litz & Laurino, in Costa] Austrolebias aff. adloffi - Paso del Dragón
May 2006 Austrolebias duraznensis (Garcia, Scvortzoff & Hernandez, 1995), valid [Costa] nomen nudum
May 2006 Kryptolebias ocellatus, valid [Costa] Synonym of Kryptolebias marmoratus
April 2006 Simpsonichthys semiocellatus[Costa] Spectrolebias semiocellatus
April 2006 Nematolebias whitei [Costa] Simpsonichthys whitei
April 2006 Nematolebias papilliferus [Costa] Simpsonichthys papilliferus
March 2006 Aphanius saourensis - Igli Oasis, Mazzer [Blanco, Hrbek & Doadrio] Aphanius iberus - Igli Oasis
July 2005 Aphyosemion escherichi - Boko Songo, Cap Estérias, Kikonde, Lambaréné, Mayumba, Moanda, Monts de Cristal, Méla, Song Mahi, Tshela [Sonnenberg & Blum] Aphyosemion microphtalmum
July 2005 Aphyosemion etsamense - Etsam I, Assok, North Song [Sonnenberg & Blum] Aphyosemion sp. aff. cameronense N° 6
July 2005 Aphyosemion melanogaster [Legros, Zentz & Agnèse] Aphyosemion sp. N° 7 - Epomé, Nko olong, Natondeur-Nagadjo, East Elon, Nkolbonda, Pongo
July 2005 Aphyosemion punctulatum [Legros, Zentz & Agnèse] Aphyosemion sp. N° 4 - Bitandé, Bibabivota, Route Pondo, PK7 Afan Essokié
June 2005 Fluviphylax obscurus [Costa, pers. comm.] Fluviphylax obscurum
April 2005 Rivulus vittatus - Xavantina, Perolandia, revalidated [Costa] synonym of Riv. pictus
April 2005 Rivulus pinima - Jatai, Rio Verde, revalidated [Costa] synonym of Riv. pictus
April 2005 Rivulus apiamici - Bataguaçu, revalidated [Costa] synonym of Riv. pictus
April 2005 Nothobranchius rosenstocki - Mansa [Valdesalici & Wildekamp] Nothobranchius sp. - Mansa
January 2005 Austrofundulus leoni - Sartanero [Hrbek, Taphorn & Thomerson] Austrofundulus limnaeus - Sartanero
January 2005 Austrofundulus myersi - Sincelejo, valid [Hrbek, Taphorn & Thomerson] synonym of Austrofundulus limnaeus
January 2005 Austrofundulus leohoignei - Tucacas [Hrbek, Taphorn & Thomerson] Austrofundulus limnaeus - Tucacas
January 2005 Austrofundulus guajira - Guarero [Hrbek, Taphorn & Thomerson] Austrofundulus limnaeus - Guarero
January 2005 Austrofundulus rupununi - Rupunini [Hrbek, Taphorn & Thomerson] Austrofundulus aff. limnaeus - Rupunini (Guyana)
December 2004 Pterolebias bokermanni - Entre Rios, Pirane, Resistencia Chaco, Santa Fé, valid [Schindler] synonym of Pterolebias longipinnis
December 2004 Pterolebias luelingi - Porte Chuelo, valid [Schindler] synonym of Pterolebias longipinnis
December 2004 Aphyosemion plagitaenium [Huber] Aphyosemion sp. - Epoma
August 2004 Kryptolebias marmoratus [Costa] Rivulus marmoratus
August 2004 Kryptolebias ocellatus [Costa] Rivulus ocellatus
August 2004 Kryptolebias caudomarginatus [Costa] Rivulus caudomarginatus
August 2004 Kryptolebias campelloi [Costa] Rivulus campelloi
August 2004 Kryptolebias brasiliensis [Costa] Rivulus brasiliensis
July 2004 Moema hellneri - Bellavista [Costa] Moema sp. - Bellavista
July 2004 Moema nudifrontata - Breu Island [Costa] Moema aff. portugali - Breu Island
June 2004 Epiplatys berkenkampi - Bamakou, Gamba (aff.), Lambaréné, Sindara, valid [Neumann] synonym of Epiplatys ansorgii
June 2004 Epiplatys ansorgii - Massana, restrained [Neumann] Epiplatys sp. - Massana
May 2004 Poropanchax stigmatopygus - Akok, Animba (aff.) [Wildekamp & Malumbres] Poropanchax scheeli (aff.)
May 2004 Micropanchax scheeli - Kuramo Waters, Lagos, Rio Utondé [Wildekamp & Malumbres] Poropanchax scheeli
December 2003 Callopanchax huwaldi, valid [Berkenkamp] synonym of Callopanchax occidentalis
December 2003 Epiplatys infrafasciatus zenkeri [Neumann] Epiplatys infrafasciatus baroi (synonym)
December 2003 Fundulopanchax gresensi [Berkenkamp] Fundulopanchax aff. mirabilis - Takwai
July 2003 Simpsonichthys flagellatus - Itacarambi, Januaria, Manga, Travessao [Costa]  Simpsonichthys flavicaudatus (aff.)
February 2003 Fundulus kansae, valid [Kreiser] synonym of Fundulus zebrinus
January 2003 Austrolebias robustus, valid [Calvino] synonym of Megalebias elongatus
December 2002 Austrolebias cyaneus [Costa]  synonym of Austrolebias affinis
February 2002 Austrolebias charrua - Chuy, Velasquez [Costa]  Austrolebias adloffi (aff.)
November 2001 Pseudepiplatys annulatus [Aarn & Sheperd] Epiplatys annulatus

 

 

 

* Today, all databases (Killi-Data, Catalog of Fishes, Fishbase, DKG Lexikon and KMI) follow scientific evidence at the species level and the observed differences between them are counted on the fingers of a single hand (out of 1500+ taxa names for Killifish!). The reverse of the coin is that aquarists must be prepared to name changes, as a routine process (a typical - difficult and exceptional- case is the species whitei described in Cynolebias, then moved to Simpsonichthys (in 1996), then moved to Nematolebias(in 1998), then moved back to Simpsonichthys (in 2002), and today placed again in Nematolebias (in 2006), with all these changes by Costa, based on new characters.
The present situation (with its constraint) is by far superior to the situation of the past (in the seventies and eighties) when lists were designed according to their author's opinions : obviously they varied less (individually) but raised permanent personal conflicts and nationalist chapels.


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