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10/02/12 - Serrasalmus
elongatus corrected and revised. S. pinkge placed as synonym of
S. elongatus per California Academy of Sciences (CAS).
09/27/12 - Open email From
Michel Jegu to Lucien Bal: Dear Lucien
......... I just browse your web page dedicated to piranhas (LINK
NOT ALLOWED) on which I have seen many copies of text, translated
text or extracts text, photos, drawings of mine without any credit or
copyright. The confusion between text snippets and your own point of views is
evident on every page reported to my works that I consulted.
There are several terms to qualify this way of doing from indelicacy to large
scale piracy. Anyway scientific productions answer to codes of ethics and
publications in scientific journals to the rights and duties with respect to
Would you please be so kind as to remove from your web site all photos,
drawings, text extracts (or translation) copied from my publications.
I inform you that I will contact the telfort.nl regulation team and the
reviews from where these documents are extracted so that the reviews staff
take appropriate measures.
For those that you who also visit pfury and pkeepers
Lucien Bal recently posted two photos; one known to be S. elongatus and the
other a very questionable species also being called S. elongatus.
Lucien intimated that Dr. Antonio Machado-Allison did the positive ID on the
the second fish. With that Lucien posted the photos on at least two forums to
my knowledge. There may be more. In my email conversation to Antonio, it was
discovered Antonio had downloaded the lucien photo and it was stretched and
corrupt. This gave the scientist the wrong impression on what the fish was.
Instead of researching the fish ID better Lucien ran with it to the forums
causing arguments with members and including a few unnecessary digs at me in
the process. I didn't participate in the discussion until much later. I
preferred to stay out of it until I noted that Antonio's name was being
tossed around too much by Lucien. Further, Lucien also brought in Heiko
Bleher as an authority on piranhas, using the magazine article published this
year to open the flood gates of old discredited work by Gery pertaining to
subgeneric ranking placements. Including Heiko opinion stating there are
actually one distinctive species of S. elongatus and one distinctive
species of S. pingke. Both under present science have been made
synonyms under the proper species S. elongatus.
While this might not seem to be much to most hobbyists who are aware of
current standings of species, as the owner of OPEFE and its science based
information, it cause me worry that Lucien might continue this misinformation
and lead a new generation of hobbyists down the slippery slope of bad
In conclusion, Antonio Machado-Allison is a wonderful person who really tries
to help people and hobbyists as much as possible. Its just sad that Lucien in
his quest to further his agenda (whatever that is), had to use this nice man
to that end. Let's hope we all learn from this.
03/15/2012 - Continuing
research on Serrasalmus serrulatus and S. eigenmanni. Also been providing
piranha keepers forum photos of microscopic images of tiny piranha teeth and
03/7/2012 - OPEFE is banned
from a United Kingdom Forum (piranhaforum.uk). Administrator, didn't like the
idea that he could not use OPEFE material without permission. He considered
OPEFE "forum" property as his. Also personal attacks from Lucien
Bal, aka memento/Combi Christ continued unabated (from October 4, 2011) at
that forum and piranha-fury (USA). Screen shots were kept as backup evidence
on OPEFE server. Lucien Bal has a personal science web site that tries to
dispute OPEFE evidence. Lucien Bal has only kept piranhas as pets for 2 years
(proof on file) and became interested in science after visiting and learning
from OPEFE in 2009.
3/1/2010 - The species name
"cariba" has been reassigned back to Pygocentrus.
01/05/2012 - Piranha Forum
UK became the first piranha forum to ever ban my presence. Wish them luck.
01/04/2012 - Removal of
Piranha Forum UK from OPEFE endorsement. Administrators allowed non-factual
remarks about me and OPEFE to go unchallenged by a member there. I submitted
factual comments attributed to this member. The post was removed.
12/12/11 - Updated status
of S. cariba. No longer a Pygocentrus. VIEW
12/12/2011 - Jeramy
Magallanes, my son has been added as an OPEFE associate member.
12/7/2011 - Human attacked
and killed by piranha bite in Bolivia added to genus Pygocentrus. VIEW
12/7/2011 - Completed OPEFE
Research pages, added new material and pages linked.
12/6/2011 - Adjusting home
page and research page.
11/23/2011 - Working on
Other Predatory Fishes revisions.
11/19/2011 - Portland,
Oregon wholesale tropical fish dealer looking for juvenile baby
red-bellied piranha source. Contact
email@example.com if you run a breeding operation in Oregon
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