Amorphous looking interaction

Nor did I make that claim.

Candidates based on vague visual morphology clues, with no gas distribution followup for confirmation… ~40% of which were determined to be likely undergoing interactions with other galaxies. They even go on to reiterate this:

“Only subsequent studies, in fact, will be able to discriminate between different processes that can give origin to similar morphological features, such as harassment (especially in clusters, Moore et al. 1996) and minor mergers (also in groups and low density environments, Bournaud et al. 2004; Co et al. 2008; Hopkins et al. 2009; Lotz et al. 2010a, 2010b).”

You’re literally trying to argue that a pair of interacting galaxies is undergoing stripping by citing a paper that says you can’t tell if stripping is occuring in these systems without followup, because the interaction itself can cause similar effects.

Well at least in this paper they actually did gas distribution followup. Unfortunately, however, they are discussing a dwarf galaxy, significantly less massive and more vulnurable to disruption than the massive galaxies we are discussing in this thread.

You just quoted a part of their selection protocol for a control sample that has no stripping occuring, so i’m not sure what you think this is supposed to add to the discussion?

Ok ted, you win