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Table 2 Classification criteria, descriptor attributes, and qualities used by inhabitants to identify the fish species

From: Traditional Mapuche ecological knowledge in Patagonia, Argentina: fishes and other living beings inhabiting continental waters, as a reflection of processes of change

Criteria Descriptor attributes Descriptor qualities in the discourse
Organoleptic General body size Large body
Small body
  General body shape Wide body
Rounded body
  Body structure Has spines
Has a lot of bones
  Body colour Red
White
Blue
Red-brown
Silvery brown
Has red and yellow specks
  Colour of flesh White
Reddish
  Taste of flesh Tasty
Tasteless
Oily
Ecological Abundance Many individuals
  Habitat River
  Behaviour Invades and kills
  Introductions Cosa de winka” (thing brought by the white man)