I used to call them Ah-Say-Ee, but then I heard that that was wrong, and picked up Aye-Sye, but then I recently met a few people who have gone to the Lake(malawi) and hung out with Stuart Grant, and they call them Ay-See-Eye.
A-C-I like you pronounce the letters of the alphabet or ay-see-eye (two ways of attempting to say the same thing). You always say the "i" on the end of a fish name as "eye". Demasoni. Solocoli. Same thing.
I LOVE when this question comes up because I get to post my way cool Greek letters!! The question has really already been answered correctly but I'm gonna re-post this anyway. :thumb:
Nomenclature has always used Latin for classification. Not all the words or parts of words used in scientific names for living things are derived from Latin. Some are derived from Greek, some from languages local to the places where the organisms are found, and many from the names of the people who first described a species or other taxon. However all are treated grammatically as if they were Latin words. In particular this means that to indicate possession, the endings -a and -us turn into -ae and -i respectively, and non-Latin names of people add -i if male and -ae if female. This means that the "i" at the end of a species taxon is a pronounced as long "i" as in "night".
The species name "acei" is derived from the Latin word acer meaning sharp - referring to their teeth. In Greek spelling it's επίθ. The letter ε or "Epsilon" is a long "a" as in "pay".
Keep in mind, Latin is a dead language and there's really no correct way to pronounce it, just the most common.
My LFS doesn't have a clue as to the names of most mbuna so I can go in there and butcher the names bad...and do. I just didn't realize how bad until this post lol.
Ohhh is this correct...in mbuna the m is silent ( I think I read that one time)?
Ahhhh thanks, Joe. Yeah, I prefer to type the names out. Shoot, I still have to look up cyaneorhabdos even to type it .
A member in here one time told of going into a LFS throwing these fish names around in his "southern" american accent. It was a hoot to read :lol: but I sure can relate.