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Anyone Want To Take A Chance On Id'ing This Goby?
September 1, 2010
4:04 pm
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Bully
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Popped into a Pets at Home today whilst my 6yr old was having an eye-test in the hospital, they had some Pseudogastromyzon cheni in stock and whilst looking at them I spotted a contaminant, and after a brief conversation with a clueless member of staff I walked away with it for £1.49 /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

It's in an unlit quarantine tank now and will not stay still so I cannot get even a reasonable shot of it.

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I'm thinking that given it's most likely from China then it's possibly a Ctenogobius sp?

September 3, 2010
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No takers?

I think I will tentatively go with Ctenogobius for now /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

September 3, 2010
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Are there any Chinese species inhabiting solely fw?

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September 3, 2010
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According to Fishbase there is: Ctenogobius chengtuensis. How reliable is Fishbase these days?

I haven't looked into it too deeply yet. I have a very small marine tank should it come to it but, I'm thinking that if it was caught with the P. cheni then it's quite some way from the sea or a brackish environment? It's not likely to have been migrating to the sea, was it?

September 3, 2010
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There appears to be a few according to Fishbase, though of course there are no images for comparison /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

September 5, 2010
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Hate to point out the obvious but does it not look like a female Rhinogobius duospilus?

September 5, 2010
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There's always the chance that it wasn't caught with the cheni, but mixed in at the shipping point in Singapore, Thailand, wherever???

September 5, 2010
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QUOTE (afroturf @ Sep 5 2010, 10:30 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hate to point out the obvious but does it not look like a female Rhinogobius duospilus?

Well, it does now /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> I initially ruled out Rhinogobius because the mouth just didn't seem to be as wide as you see on Rhinogobius but, I've managed a few other shots, and you can see the mouth is indeed wide. She's only small, barely making an inch at the moment, so difficult to see in any great detail.

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QUOTE (plaamoo @ Sep 5 2010, 04:11 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
There's always the chance that it wasn't caught with the cheni, but mixed in at the shipping point in Singapore, Thailand, wherever???

That's very true /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

September 6, 2010
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Spotted Steven!

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September 7, 2010
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Fortunately the stock in this particular one was pretty good, don't think I've even seen an instance of spot either, not that I've been in there that often. The member of staff I was dealing with was clearly not clued in about fish and her expression just went blank when I told her it was a goby /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

The goby is also in good health and showing no signs of disease, it's eating grindalworm and daphnia at the moment.

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