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Balitora mysorensis
January 16, 2012
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madhu
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Collected these beautiful hill streams on a recent trip.

Balitora mysorensis
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The Biotope:
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Photos: Nayak

January 16, 2012
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Very nice /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

January 17, 2012
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Beautiful! Any other species found there Madhu?

Welcome to the site, by the way. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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January 17, 2012
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QUOTE (Matt @ Jan 17 2012, 02:57 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Beautiful! Any other species found there Madhu?

Welcome to the site, by the way. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Thanks Matt!

It was a 4 day trip Matt. Here are the others.

Garra gotyla stenorynchus
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Mesonemacheilus guntherii
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Acanthocobitis moreh
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Schistura sp. Looks like one of the neilghiriensis complex fish
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Mastacembelus sp.
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Puntius conchonius
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Barilius gatensis
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January 20, 2012
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Very nice species all. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> The habitat is pretty clean then?

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January 23, 2012
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QUOTE (Matt @ Jan 21 2012, 04:32 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Very nice species all. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> The habitat is pretty clean then?

Mostly unpolluted Matt as most of the biotopes were high altitude torrential streams. The guntherii were the real mind-blowers. Never seen or for that matter never thought they could grow past 3". These guys were much bigger than what I've collected before in the southern parts of the western ghats.

January 23, 2012
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Great selection of species /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> Always nice to see the biotope too!

However, those Garra always look like the have some kind of infection on their faces, not a pretty fish LOL

January 23, 2012
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Thanks Madhu. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

QUOTE (madhu @ Jan 23 2012, 05:40 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Never seen or for that matter never thought they could grow past 3".

Good grief, is that SL or TL?

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January 23, 2012
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QUOTE (Matt @ Jan 23 2012, 04:07 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks Madhu. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
Good grief, is that SL or TL?

TL Matt, but the biggest one we caught was a 3.5" TL guy.

Thanks Colin. BTW, its not an infection, many Garras have those deep transverse groove.
That's why we call it flowerhorn Garra. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

January 23, 2012
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LOL yeah I know but it doesn't make them any prettier /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

January 23, 2012
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I've had Garra's with these head protrubances and I guess they are a males way of attracting females ? also if you look at them from another fishes stance the effect is of an open mouth full of teeth , we know that the mouth is subterminal and basically used for wrasping ,but to another fish sp/ ?

January 24, 2012
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QUOTE (andy rushworth @ Jan 24 2012, 02:05 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've had Garra's with these head protrubances and I guess they are a males way of attracting females ? also if you look at them from another fishes stance the effect is of an open mouth full of teeth , we know that the mouth is subterminal and basically used for wrasping ,but to another fish sp/ ?

I really don't think the protruberances are something of a sexual dimorphism Andy. We caught around a dozen of those Garras and every specimen had it. But as a defense strategy, they do look like a Piranha mouth. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> I ain't sure about the other Garras, but as with the Indian Garras i had, they are extremely aggressive towards other species, but fairly tolerant towards conspecifics. My tank that had a few full grown Garras & Mystus used to be a war zone during feeding time that I had to pass on the Mystus to a friend of mine.

January 24, 2012
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Hi Madhu ,I kept a small group of the Burmese Red Tailed Garras [latin name escapes me ] I found they would chase each other but without doing any real damage , I'm left with a lone specimen which has never shown its head protrubances since its congeners died ,whether that because its a female or needs conspecifics to interact with ? it does have a bit of a chase around with a small Bengana Behri ,but nothing serious !

January 24, 2012
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QUOTE (andy rushworth @ Jan 24 2012, 08:05 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I kept a small group of the Burmese Red Tailed Garras [latin name escapes me ] I

Think that one is still undescribed? Where they only ever available the once Andy?

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January 25, 2012
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Not sure Andy. I have always had Garras in small groups and they are pretty much tolerant with conspecifics. The same thing happened with my hillstream loaches too. My bigger Bhavania would always tolerate other hill stream loaches in the same boulder whereas it would just flare & chase away the Glyptothorax. And as with the protrubrarance it looks like it comes off age. Only the full grown ones seem to have it. The juvs had it completely absent and the sub-adults were just starting to get them.

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