The Cichlid Room Companion

The Freshwater Fishes of Mexico (FFM), The Cichlid Room Companion (CRC), [1] are non-scientific [2] [3] in the sense of non- peer-reviewed , membership-based webpages, dedicated to the fishes of the Cichlid family and the freshwater fishes of Mexico respectively. The site offers one of the most comprehensive, non-authoritative, but -regrettably- outdated (see section below) catalogs of cichlids in the web, which is illustrated with 13,655 photographs and 243 videos [4] of cichlids and their habitats . It also “offers access to information about full 124 genera and 825 species full profiles,” said the discussion forum , [5]fishkeeping, field accounts and shipping expeditions; mostly written by citizen scientists , personalities of the fish trade, researchers and aquarists in the cichlid hobby. The site is managed by its creator and editor, Juan Miguel Artigas-Azas, a naturalist, who is also an aquarist [6] and a notorious nature photographer. He is also the “curator” of most fishes that appear in the profiles of both sites. In 2008, the American Cichlid Association (ACA) awarded Artigas-Azas the Guy Jordan Retrospective Award, which is the maximum honor that gives to people who have done extensive contributions to the International Cichlid Hobby. [6]

According to, the CRC has been in business since 05-Sep-1996. As of November, 2014, it received 1.019 daily page views. The page is most popular in the United States, with 47.3% of its users from that country. It has an Alexa Rank World # 1,079,009 and Google Pagerank 4/10. [7]

Contributions to the public understanding of Science

In the past decade, the Internet has fundamentally transformed the relationship between the scientific community and the society as a whole, the barriers between public and private, professionals and hobbyists fade away; allowing for a wider range of participants to engage with science in unprecedented ways. [8] The educational and citizen science task of the CRC has been acknowledged in the formal scientific literature, both as a source of data, information and awareness among fish hobbyists promoting ethical behavior in the fish hobby. [9]Furthermore, while for the most part, the CRC is a popular resource, a number of articles in it has some academic value, and have been cited as primary sources in the scholarly literature. [2] [10] [11]

Recognitions and awards

Over the years, the CRC has received several recognitions. On January 5, 1999, it was recognized by the Project as a source of inspiration for the web’s potential. Furthermore, on January 10, 2010, “TheReefTank” awarded the CRC with the “Recommended Reading” recognition. The CRC has also been awarded “The Cichlid Mania Site of the Week” by Mike Hanlon’s Cichlid Mania home page, among other recognitions.


Biological systematics is a scientific discipline, which requires scientific training. It is often professed in the scientific community that it is relatable to scientific papers, which are backed up with scientific facts. [12] “Hobby publications are non-scientific literature”, and the scholarly use of or discussion of names and other nomenclatural acts “dropped in hobby is entirely questionable”. [2] [12] Hobby Articles, both, printed and electronic, are usually published on the approval of the editors, whereas in a scientific paper, by contrast, all items are peer reviewed . [13] [14] [15]Moreover, in the case of the CRC, the site is not edited by a person educated in systematics or with an advanced degree in ichthyology or a related field. [16] As of January, 2015, the CRC and FFM catalog section disclaimed [17] [18] stating that they are “not to be considered as published in the sense of the Code , and statements made therein not made available for nomenclatural purposes “. Even so, the website has-been Criticized for censoring taxonomic information is based icts editor’s arbitrary, personal, subjective views (eg the synonymy of paraneetroplusand Vieja sensu McMahan et al. 2010 (prior to 2015); [19] the validity of Maylandia Meyer & Foerster 1984 vs. its junior synonym Metriaclima Stauffer, JR, Jr. and KA Kellogg 2002; [20] The split of genus Nosferatu De la Maza-Benignos, et al . 2014 [21] from Herichthys ,; [20] [22] or the recent review of the taxonomy and systematics of the herichthyns; [23] [24] [25] among others), on the basis of an anticonventional argument that official, in the sense of the Code , nomenclatural acts [26]are not “mandatory” (see editor’s comments [27] [28] [29] [30] ). The website fails to substantiate and scrutinize the taxonomic criteria qui it Applies, [31] giving nowhere Within icts pages an explanation of the methods, systematic principles used, or the Followed taxonomic authority (eg WN Eschmeyer’s Catalog of fishes ; Catalog of Life ; The Zoological Record ; FishBase ; Joseph S, Nelson’s Fishes of the world , etc.). As an example, FFM does not recognize family groups Fundulidae and Profundulidae to mention two. [32]

Science relies on evidence

Beliefs are not science and are not a substitute for science or the scientific method . The reiterated misuse of words of probable probability “very likely” and “most likely”; as in X species is most likely a junior synonym of Y species …; Any formal bibliography without providing good carrier and / or scientific evidence conveys deceitful arguments (ie a statistical misrepresentation) That mislead the audience about the kind of scientific Such claim.

Onus probandi : Moreover, and Contrary to the general legal principle,affirmanti incumbit probation(the burden of proofis upon _him_ Who affirms), the website Applies an “uncertain” category to a number of taxa Depicted; an incorrect, misleading, arbitrary, non-scholarly and non-scholarly status in the sense of the Code, which is repeatedly used throughout. As an example, Taxa described byManfred Meyer,Ulrike Strecker,Mauricio de la Maza Benignos, andJuan Jacobo Schmitter soto, among many others.


  1. Jump up^ Juan Miguel Artigas Azas. “Main Index – The Freshwater Fishes of Mexico” . .
  2. ^ Jump up to:c Kullander, Sven O. “Nomenclatural availability of putative scientific generic names applied to the South American cichlid fish Apistogramma ramirezi Myers & Harry, 1948 (Teleostei: Cichlidae) 2011. Zootaxa 3131: 35-51.
  3. Jump up^ 18 Midgley, D. (N / A) New cichlid names. Sydney Cichlid Aquarium Pages. on the 10 of December, 2014.
  4. Jump up^ Why subscribe to the Cichlid Room Companion? (2015) The Cichlid Room Companion. 01/19/2014
  5. Jump up^ Cichlid Room Companion, Forum Chat,
  6. ^ Jump up to:b ACA Club Speaker Juan Miguel Artigas Azas (2013) American Cichlid Association.
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  8. Jump up^ Grand, A., Wilkinson, C., Bultitude, K., & Winfield, AF (2014). Mapping the hinterland: Data issues in open science. Public Understanding of Science, 0963662514530374
  9. Jump up^ Maceda-Veiga, A., Domínguez-Domínguez, O., Escribano-Alacid, J., & Lyons, J. (2014). The aquarium hobby: can sinners become saints in freshwater fish conservation? Fish and Fisheries
  10. Jump up^ Oldfield, RG, Mandrekar, K., Nieves, MX, Hendrickson, DA, Chakrabarty, P., Swanson, BO, & Hofmann, HA Parental care in the Cuatro Cienegas cichlid, Herichthys minckleyi (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Hydrobiology, 1-25
  11. Jump up^ From La Maza-Benignos, M., & Lozano-Vilano, ML (2013). Description of three new species of the genus Herichthys (Perciformes: Cichlidae) from eastern Mexico, with redescription of H. labridens, H. steindachneri, and H. pantostictus. Zootaxa, 3734 (2), 101-129.
  12. ^ Jump up to:b Kullander, Sven O. “How embarrassing can it get Gold:. Taxonomy Undermined” 2012. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity 4.1: 1-4.
  13. Jump up^ Colorado State University. 2015. Popular Magazines vs.. Trade Magazines vs. Scholarly Journals. Colorado State University Library.
  14. Jump up^ Yale. 2015. Scholarly vs. Popular Sources. Yale College Writing Center.
  15. Jump up^ Midgley, D. (N / A) New cichlid names. Sydney Cichlid Aquarium Pages. on the 10 of December, 2014.
  16. Jump up^ Artigas Azas, JM (N / A). Vitae. on the 15th of December, 2014.
  17. Jump up^ Heymann, LA (2010). Reading the Product: Warnings, Disclaimers, and Literary Theory. Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, 22, 393-415.
  18. Jump up^ “Spare us the yada-yada e-mail”, The Economist, April 9, 2011: 73
  19. Jump up^ McMahan, CD, Geheber, AD, & Piller, KR (2010). Molecular systematics of the enigmatic middle American genus Vieja (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 57 (3), 1293-1300.
  20. ^ Jump up to:b Eschmeyer, WN (ed). CATALOG OF FISHES: GENERA, SPECIES, REFERENCES. ( ). Electronic version accessed 01-03-2015.
  21. Jump up^ From Maza-Benignos, M., Ornelas-García, CP, Lozano-Vilano, MdL, García-Ramírez, ME & Doadrio, I. (2015). “Phylogeographic analysis of genus Herichthys (Perciformes: Cichlidae), with descriptions of Nosferatu new genus and H. tepehua n. Hydrobiologia, 748 (1): 201-231.
  22. Jump up^ Bailly, N. (2014). Nosferatu de la Maza-Benignos, Ornelas-Garcia, Lozano-Vilanio, García-Ramírez et al., 2014. In: Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. (2014) FishBase. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at 2015-03-01
  23. Jump up^ Mcmahan, CD, Matamoros, WA, Piller, KR, & Chakrabarty, P. (2015). Taxonomy and systematics of the herichthyins (Cichlidae: Tribe Heroini), with the description of eight new Middle American Genera. Zootaxa, 3999 (2), 211-234.
  24. Jump up^ Seriously Fish. 2015. Major Changes in New World Cichlid Taxonomy.
  25. Jump up^ Practical Fish Keeping. 2015. Huge shake-up in Cichlid taxonomy.
  26. Jump up^ Minelli A. (2005). Publications in Taxonomy as Scientific Papers and Legal Documents. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences. Flight. 56, Supplement I, No. 20, pp. 225-231.
  27. Jump up^ Microgeophagus Frey, 1957, is a valid genus
  28. Jump up^ Notes on Benthochromis species
  29. Jump up^ Question on nomenclature
  30. Jump up^ New genus Nosferatu
  31. Jump up^ What clade shoulds be named? (2006) The Cichlid Room Companion. 01/19/2014
  32. Jump up^ Fish catalog (2015) Freshwater Fishes of Mexico. 12/10/2014