Hi, Desiree here.
Have you ever stopped to think where we’d be if the internet didn’t exist? Probably stuck at the library. (Believe it or not they DO still exist!) But, although I am a fan of books and the knowledge they contain, the information in them can be out-dated as soon as it’s printed. These days, our source of information is online. If there’s anything we need to find, we can almost certainly find it on the Google machine. As biologists and hobbyists, the internet is a valuable and fun source of information. As we “fish” for information we often find great websites dedicated to one single class or family of animal, both fresh and salt water. Some of these sites are public forums full of shared knowledge and experience, others are more scientific in their classification and identification, some are a combination of both. I wanted to share just a couple of my favorite links, sites I use frequently to identify fish or find fun new species to offer in the store. Check these out, and have fun online! Surf’s Up!
http://actiniaria.com/ A site dedicated to sea anemones; not all can be kept in aquaria, but are still really cool to look at.
http://www.seaslugforum.net/ Exactly what it sounds like. Again, most you’ll never see in any store, but the pics are awesome!
http://tolweb.org/tree/phylogeny.html A site for us true fish nerds, heavy on phylogeny and nomenclature – fun to explore but not for identification of a single animal.
http://www.planetcatfish.com/index.php Awesome freshwater catfish site – great for looking up L- or C- numbers.
http://www.loaches.com/species-index Another freshwater site – fun for loach lovers!
http://puffernet.tripod.com/main.html A personal favorite – freshwater and brackish puffer info.
And we can’t forget to mention these two: a wealth of hobbyist information –
Feel free to send along any of your favorite websites, or comments on the ones I’ve listed.
Until next time,